A Performance by Demian DinéYazhi’ and Kevin Holden
Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Monday, October 10, 4pm
Livestream Experience at CCA Cinema, $15
Artists Demian DinéYazhi’ (Diné, born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá [Zuni Clan Water’s
Edge] & Tódích’íí’nii [Bitter Water]) and Kevin Holden (Diné, Irish, German, and Norwegian)
perform SHATTER///, a cathartic destruction and literal shattering of the racist stereotypes that
have, for centuries, violated the rights, sacrality and complexities of Indigenous cultural identity.
CCA has implemented a live, multi-camera setup in its gallery space to be fed in real-time to
CCA’s cinema where audiences can experience the performance on the big screen. The event is
proceeded by an in-person moderated discussion with DinéYazhi’, Holden and CCA’s
Programming Coordinator, Kiersten Fellrath. After the performance, the audience can relocate
to the gallery space from the cinema to view the aftermath.
The performance activates the installation by DinéYazhi’ in CCA’s exhibition Self-Determined: A
Contemporary Survey of Native and Indigenous Artists. The SHATTER/// installation will shift
from its current state to an “aftermath of destruction: an accumulation of dishonorable
Indigenous stereotypes: an extraction of non-consensual desire…”. The installation will be on
view through the run of Self-Determined, closing on November 27, 2022. The SHATTER///
performance is is dedicated to the life and memory of their cousin, Lee Renee Anderson, as well
as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans, Femmes, 2Spirit, and Queer
Demian DinéYazhi’ (they/them) (Diné, born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá [Zuni Clan
Water’s Edge] & Tódích’íí’nii [Bitter Water]) is a transdisciplinary artist who uses social
interventions to interrupt colonial power structures. They grew up in Gallup, New Mexico, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. DinéYazhi’ received the Henry Art Museum, Seattle, Washington Brink Award and
exhibition in 2017, and many institutions internationally have presented their work alone, and through the initiative Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment (R.I.S.E.) founded by
DinéYazhi’. Notable exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Pioneer Works, Smack Mellon, Artists Space, and CANADA Gallery in New York, New York; the Portland Art Museum, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery and Portland2109 Biennial, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon; Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California; and the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, Australia.
Kevin Holden (Diné, Irish, German, and Norwegian) is a composer and sound artist based in and around Portland, Oregon.