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

• Tsouhlarakis began 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 in June of 2020. 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

• Read an article about the "Art for a New Understanding" exhibtion at Duke University that features Tsouhlarakis's work.
Click here for the article.

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• Learn about a project Tsouhlarakis proposed for the Creative Capital award which was distinguished as a project that was "ON OUR RADAR". Click here for her page on the CC site.

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

news & projects

• Tsouhlarakis's most recent work, The Native Guide Project, consisted of 2 billboards and social media ads pushed out nationally via her Instagram account @THATONENATIVEARTIST and Facebook page thatonenativeartist. Click here for the Instagram page and here for the Facebook page.

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• Currently, Tsouhlarakis is in the exhibition, "Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now", at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University which traveled from the Crystal Bridges Museum. Click here to learn more.

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• Tsouhlarakis is included in the Fall 2019 issue of the Movement Research Performance Journal, "Sovereign Movements: Native Dance and Performance". Click here for the journal.

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