Indigenous Showcase X yəhaw̓ – Embrace of the Serpent
** Free with RSVP! **
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, Serpent centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
In conjunction with yəhaw̓ at King Street Station*, Vermillion Gallery will host a three-month satellite art exhibit featuring Indigenous Latinx artwork from acrylic paintings and mixed media art to large scale installations by 18 Indigenous Latinx artists from the Pacific Northwest. The diasporic experience of Indigenous Latinx people takes on many faces, whether it’s knowing that the border crossed us or not knowing our Indigenous tribal ancestry.
The artists featured in these exhibits identify with their indigeneity as a resiliency practice and their art is one example of how they keep the spirits of their ancestors alive. The exhibits at Vermillion Gallery and accompanying community events are curated by Jessica Ramirez. Jessica is 15 year resident of Seattle and is a media maker, events producer, and community advocate.
*yəhaw̓ is an expansive, yearlong, multi-city project. It includes satellite installations across the Puget Sound region, performances, artists-in-residence, a publication, and art markets, all culminating in a large-scale exhibition at King Street Station.