ANNATSOUHLARAKIS

Artist Educator Writer

ARTIST STATEMENT

Art has always been a presence in my life. Some of my first childhood memories entail watching my father work in his studio and traveling to art exhibitions with him. Through this I gained exposure to many Native American artists who generously shared their advice of handling various mediums and their personal experience of being a Native artist in contemporary America. Over time I found myself asking questions about what Native artists were making and why. There are certain perceptions and expectations that confine Native American Art. Holding Native American art to these limitations has caused it to remain stagnant. I question why these limitations transfer to the gallery setting and why they have maintained their presence for so long.

Within in my artwork I have tried to divulge the step in which Native art has not gone, which is towards the reclamation of Native identity. Reclaiming identity means creating a fresh vocabulary to redirect a dialogue, not merely playing with the language that has been placed upon a group. In addition to forming a different discourse in Native art through video, performance, photography and installation, I am interested in challenging and stretching the boundaries of aesthetic and conceptual expectations. The focus of my work is to create and uncover new truths.

Updates & News

recent awards

• Acceptance into the S & R Foundation Studios Program. Click to read an article about the program. Click to visit her page on the S & R Foundation site.

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• An artist grant from The Harpo Foundation. Click to visit her page on the Harpo site.

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• An artist fellowship from the Native Arts & Culture Foundation. Click to visit her page on the NACF site.

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• An artist grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Web links

Listen to an interview with Anna Tsouhlarakis by NextGen Native, a podcast about the next generation of Native Americans.
Click to visit the podcast page.

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Browse an article written by Anna Tsouhlarakis about the National Museum of the American Indian's Artist Leadership Program. “Acts of Unconventional Art” by Anna Tsouhlarakis. NMAI Magazine. Winter 2013, pages 42-49.
Click for the magazine.

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Read an interview with Anna Tsouhlarakis by the National Endowment of the Arts.
Click for the interview.

news & projects

In November, Tsouhlarakis's solo exhibition "She Made For Her" will open at The University of Chicago. Click to learn about the exhibition.

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In December, Tsouhlarakis will be part of "Ward 12", a group exhibition in Washington, DC featuring the work of S&R Foundation Studios Program artists. Click to learn about the exhibition.

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In October, Tsouhlarakis will participate in "Hope and Trauma in a Poisoned Land" in Flagstafff, AZ. The project will focus on impacts of uranium mining on the environment and Native peoples. Click to learn about the project. 

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In April, Tsouhlarakis presented at a symposium on Indigenous Art and Activism at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. Click to learn about the panel. 

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