Sheldon Raymore: Considering Two-Spiritedness
291 Church St.
212-431-5270 Price: Free
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Sheldon Raymore’s (aka PrEPahHontoz) video performance underscores the systematic oppression that Two-Spirit people face today, and acknowledges significant customs of gender fluidity in Native cultures and the violence enacted upon historical Indigenous figures who did not conform to the colonialist gender binary. In the video, Raymore unpacks the imagery featured in his work Two-Spirit Tipi, explaining that the imagery therein derives from nineteenth-century Lakota depictions of Two-Spirits on winter counts (which are pictographic historical records typically produced on deer or buffalo hides); the feminine energy of Wi-Win (the moon spirit) and male energy of Wi (the sun spirit); the mouth-covering red handprint adopted by contemporary Indigenous peoples and their allies to draw attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW); and Raymore’s own Two-Spirit alter-ego, PrEPahHontoz. Raymore, himself born into the “Not for Sale Winter” of 1979, approaches the description of Two-Spirit Tipi as a Lakota storyteller, recounting histories and drawing connections to the lived Indigenous present and generational futures.
Two-Spirit Tipi (5min) will be available to watch from January 23-January 30 online here: https://apexart.org/hawleyperform.php
This talk is in conjunction with Native Feminisms, a 2020-2021 apexart Open Call exhibition curated by Elizabeth S. Hawley.Buy tickets/get more info now