Indigenous Showcase X yəhaw̓ – Embrace of the Serpent
** Free with RSVP! **
6:30 – 7:30pm || Indigenous Latinx Art Market + Mingle
7:30pm || Screening
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.
Art Market Tablers
maese: art by eileen jimenez
The art I create is influenced by my many intersecting identities and lived experiences. Even though I grew up in extreme poverty in Anaheim, California, art filled my house. My siblings and I spent the days re-creating the art we admired on TV or in the black and white copies of paintings my mom photocopied from the public library and taped around the house. As I navigated my higher education experiences, my art saved me when I felt overwhelmed by the pressure of working full time and going to school full time. I’ve always found myself gravitating towards art, making art for my friends and family but always reminding myself that my art was not real art, because I did not have formal art training. Throughout the years I have realized that I don’t need formal training for the art I create. My soul speaks through my art. I create the art I wish I would have seen and had access to as a girl from the ‘hood. In my art, I see myself and the stories and the strength from my ancestors. In my art you will see the aesthetics of my Mexican and Otomi heritage – punctuated by Franco-European and Queer influences- you see the visual representation of my soul, and the colors, the culture, the visions and the dreams that live there.
Chicana inspired jewelry and visual art.
Maribel Galvan was born in Los Angeles, California but has called the Northwest home for over two decades. Her Mexicana roots are reflected in her Chicana inspired art; including handcrafted jewelry under MariGlvn. Many of the pieces she creates, whether it be pan dulce earrings or paintings–are dedicated and inspired by the strong mujeres in her life.
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.