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Jeffrey Gibson Tea Dance and Book Launch: An Indigenous Present

Join artist Jeffrey Gibson, who will represent the United States in the 60th Venice Biennale in 2024, at SITE SANTA FE to celebrate the launch of An Indigenous Present with DJ sets by Miss Ginger, Raashan Ahmad, and DJ 13pieces, dancing, book signing, food by Sanchez Tacos, and drinks by Remix Audio Bar and Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery.

About the Book

This landmark volume is a gathering of Native North American contemporary artists, musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, architects, writers, photographers, designers and more. Conceived by Jeffrey Gibson, a renowned artist of Mississippi Choctaw and Cherokee descent, An Indigenous Present presents an increasingly visible and expanding field of Indigenous creative practice. It centers individual practices, while acknowledging shared histories, to create a visual experience that foregrounds diverse approaches to concept, form and medium as well as connection, influence, conversation and collaboration. An Indigenous Present foregrounds transculturalism over affiliation and contemporaneity over outmoded categories.

Artists include: Neal Ambrose-Smith, Teresa Baker, Natalie Ball, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Rebecca Belmore, Andrea Carlson, Nani Chacon, Raven Chacon, Dana Claxton, Melissa Cody, Chris T. Cornelius, Lewis deSoto, Beau Dick, Demian DineYazhi’, Wally Dion, Divide and Dissolve, Korina Emmerich, Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Yatika Starr Fields, Nicholas Galanin, Raven Halfmoon, Elisa Harkins, Luzene Hill, Anna Hoover, Sky Hopinka, Chaz John, Emily Johnson, Brian Jungen, Brad Kahlhamer, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Adam Khalil, Zack Kahlil, Kite, Layli Long Soldier, Erica Lord, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Tanya Lukin Linklater, James Luna, Dylan McLaughlin, Meryl McMaster, Caroline Monnet, Audie Murray, New Red Order, Jamie Okuma, Laura Ortman, Katherine “KP” Paul/Black Belt Eagle Scout, Postcommodity, Wendy Red Star, Eric-Paul Riege, Cara Romero, Sara Siestreem, Rose B. Simpson, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Arielle Twist, Marie Watt, Dyani White Hawk and Zoon a.k.a. Daniel Glen Monkman.

About the Performers

DJ Miss Ginger (Ginger Dunnill b.1980 Hana, Maui, Hawai’i) has been mixing on the turntables since 1998. Ginger’s selections range from House to Hip Hop to Techno to Funk and all genres between. Ginger is known for her eclectic approach to DJ’ing and her energetic connection with her audience. Through her DJ sets, Ginger creates environments to inspire human connection and activate collective joy while selecting tracks that amplify social justice issues.

As a practicing artist, Ginger has exhibited internationally at institutions such as The Whitney Museum of American Art, Smack Mellon, Washington Project for the Arts and Io Deposito in Italy, among others. She is currently touring internationally as a DJ and produces large scale projects in collaboration with other artists. Ginger is creator/producer of the noteworthy Broken Boxes Podcast, an artist-run independent broadcasting platform amplifying narratives of complexity, solidarity, contradiction and inspiration in the Arts.

Raashan Ahmad is a father, musician, poet, community worker, and DJ. He has released six critically-acclaimed albums which have taken him to over thirty-five countries around the world. This, in turn, has led him down a path of international collaboration across artistic mediums, borders, and cultures. He loves the intersection of the arts & community and is passionate about equity and access to the arts, he is an Arts Commissioner for the city of Santa Fe, a founding member of Earthseed Black Arts Alliance, sits on the advisory board for the National Parks Arts Foundation and is a director & producer of video and storytelling projects. Raashan also lives by the Emma Goldman quote “If I can’t dance I don’t want to be in your revolution,” which inspires his passion for dance parties and music as medicine.

Justin Ray bought his first DJ mixer in the early nineties. Ten years later, Justin created the DJ persona 13pieces and has since dedicated his life to sharing DJ knowledge as a road map to music appreciation and wellness advocacy within the broader Santa Fe community. Justin Ray is the co-founder of Santa Fe’s own REMIX Audio Bar, a one of a kind, Indigenous run coffeehouse, live DJ performance space and home to the REMIX DOJO – a DJ and audio production school open to the public. In addition, Justin Ray and his wife Julie Grace produce the local event series Sol Sundays, an annual outdoor community festival celebrating music and movement.