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

• In August, Tsouhlarakis will begin a 9-month Artist in Residence at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. The residency will conclude with an exhibition in the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Click here to learn more.

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

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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.

Web links

• Watch an interview with Anna Tsouhlarakis on Artico, a WHUT-PBS television show.
Click for the interview which starts at minute 9:05.

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• Listen to an interview with Anna Tsouhlarakis by KHOL, Jackson Hole Community Radio. The interview covers her installation in the Observatories exhibition.
Click to listen to the interview.

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

news & projects

• Currently, Tsouhlarakis is included in the exhibition, "Native North America", at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art which traveled from the Crystal Bridges Museum. Click here to learn more.

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• In the fall of 2018, Tsouhlarakis was in the exhibition, "Nanabozho's Sisters", curated by Wanda Nanibush that has traveled in Canada and was most recently shown at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Toronto. Click here to learn more.

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• Tsouhlarakis is continually working on a project dedicated to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement. Click here to participate and learn more.

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