Thursday, February 16, 2017

Waabanishimo: Miigaadan Opening Reception

Join us for the opening of Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain's exhibition, "Waabanishimo: Miigaadan (She Dances Till Daylight: Fight It)."


Occidental College is pleased to present Waabanishimo: Miigaadan, an exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artist Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain. The exhibition opens on February 16 and remains on view through March 5, 2017 in the College’s Weingart Gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday, February 16 from 5pm to 8pm. Free drinks and snacks will be provided.

Waabanishimo: She Dances Till Daylight is an ongoing project that investigates urban indigeneity, ceremony, tradition, landscape, spirits, light, and photographic mediums. Multimedia artist Eve-Lauryn LaFountain creates ghostly images using long exposures to burn the pathway of her ceremonies and celestial bodies into the frame. The titles are in Ojibwe, her tribe’s traditional language, with English translations.

LaFountain will present a new film element of this project at the Weingart Gallery at Occidental College. Miigaadan (Fight It) is a meditation on resistance through personal grounding. Using meditation, dance, and time-lapse photography this performative film is an invocation of the ancestors. LaFountain is Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Jewish and she is deeply rooted in the histories of both sides of her family. Coming from a lineage of survivors, she uses her morning rituals to ask for strength and guidance from those who came before her.

About the Artist:
Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain is a Los Angeles based multi-media artist. Her work explores feminism, and her mixed Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Jewish identity through lens based media and installations. She has shown in several venues and festivals including the Venice Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and Addison Rowe Gallery in Santa Fe, the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in New York, and ImagineNATIVE FIlm + Media Festival in Toronto. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in 2008 and a dual Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in Photography/Media and Film/Video in 2014. She teaches and curates at the Echo Park Film Center, and also works at the California Institute of the Arts.

Waabanishimo: Miigaadan (She Dances Till Daylight: Fight It) is made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Weingart Gallery Hours:
Wednesday: 2-7pm
Thursday: 12-5pm
Friday: 2-7pm
Saturday: 12-5pm
Sunday: 12-5pm

For directions to Weingart Gallery, click here.