Sunday Sept 22, 2019
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Catch a last look at the exhibition from Rapheal Begay.
With love and art in mind, Lest We Forget is a commemorative, creative exploration of space and time with respect to Diné cultural understandings stemming from the Navajo Nation. In addition, the show supplements an ongoing investigation and development of the ongoing photographic series, A Vernacular Response: an attempt to not only document the Navajo Nation but to also present and represent culture, community, and creativity. As both a creative and theoretical framework, an ongoing theme within the series is the acknowledgement and celebration of Indigenous innovation and imagination as revolution. Lest We Forget is the activation of space, preservation of memory, celebration of indigeneity, and the projection of creative energy within downtown Albuquerque.
Rapheal Begay is a Diné photographer and curator based in Window Rock, Arizona where he is currently employed with the Navajo Nation Division of Human Resources. He received his BFA from the University of New Mexico in 2017 with an overall emphasis in photography, arts management, and museum studies. As a creative professional, Rapheal seeks to explore the past, create the present, and curate the future. Past projects include the curation of both the Gathering of Queer Nations III & IV; several solo/group exhibitions within the Southwest; and presentations at Santa Fe Indian Market, the 21st Diné Studies Conference, and the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association Conference at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.