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

• Acceptance into the S & R Foundation Studios Program. Click to read an article about the program. Click to visit her page on the S & R Foundation site.

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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.

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

Web links

Listen to an interview with Anna Tsouhlarakis by NextGen Native, a podcast about the next generation of Native Americans.
Click to visit the podcast page.

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Browse an article written by Anna Tsouhlarakis about the National Museum of the American Indian's Artist Leadership Program. “Acts of Unconventional Art” by Anna Tsouhlarakis. NMAI Magazine. Winter 2013, pages 42-49.
Click for the magazine.

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

recent projects

In April, Tsouhlarakis presented at a symposium on Indigenous Art and Activism at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. Click to learn more about the panel. 

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Also in April, Tsouhlarakis partcipated on the Arts and Entreprenership panel at the Dartmouth Entrepreneurs Form at Dartmouth College. Click to learn more about the forum. 

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In December, Tsouhlarakis presented at Acting Out: A Symposium of Indigenous Performance Art in Santa Fe, NM. Click to read an article about the event from Artsy.com. 

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In October, Tsouhlarakis participated in the Open Fields Project at the University of Chicago. Click to learn more about the Open Fields Project.

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