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Anna Tsouhlarakis: The Native Guide Project: Columbus 

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Black text against a white background reads, “I REALLY LIKE HOW YOU LISTEN WHEN THE MOUNDS SPEAK.”

Reframing the discourse around Native American identity, artist of Navajo, Creek, and Greek descent Anna Tsouhlarakis focuses on the forced migration of Indigenous peoples—including in Central Ohio.

A multilayered commission, The Native Guide Project: Columbus builds on Tsouhlarakis’s The Native Guide Project (2019–present), which deploys phrases that are concise and piercing, such as “I LIKE HOW YOU SEE NATIVE AMERICANS AS YOUR INTELLECTUAL EQUAL.” The new work will engage the center’s interior and exterior spaces, as well as sites around Columbus through a partnership with Orange Barrel Media.

The Native Guide Project: Columbus continues the artist’s earlier text-based works such as Edges of the Ephemeral (2012) and In Other Words: A Native Primer (2013)—in which she worked closely with members of Native American communities about their beliefs and experiences.

In January and February 2023, the center’s dedicated video gallery The Box will present Tsouhlarakis’s short Breath of Wind.

Black text against a white background reads, “I REALLY LIKE HOW YOU LISTEN WHEN THE MOUNDS SPEAK.”

Anna Tsouhlarakis, The Native Guide Project: Columbus, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist.

Rectangular wood IKEA remnants are bound haphazardly to the Indigenous artist with sinew. Her head peaks through the blocks as she looks downward.

Anna Tsouhlarakis, 12/Make It Right, 2020 (still). Digital video, 5 mins. Image courtesy of the artist.

Wide shot of a white billboard atop a commercial building with black text that reads, "I REALLY LIKE THE WAY YOU RESPECT NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS."

Anna Tsouhlarakis, The Native Guide Project, 2019. Billboard. Image courtesy of the artist.

Closeup of a white billboard atop a commercial building with black text that reads, "I REALLY LIKE THE WAY YOU RESPECT NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS."

Anna Tsouhlarakis, The Native Guide Project, 2019. Billboard. Image courtesy of the artist.

More about the artist

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Anna Tsouhlarakis (she/her) has been part of national and international exhibitions at venues such as Rush Arts in New York; Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arizona; IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe; Heard Museum in Phoenix; and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Learn more on Tsouhlarakis’s website

Anna Tsouhlarakis: The Native Guide Project: Columbus is curated by Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions Kelly Kivland with Curatorial Intern Bethani Blake.

SPECIAL PROJECT SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Orange Barrel Media

WINTER/SPRING EXHIBITIONS MADE POSSIBLE BY
Cardinal Health
Karen R. Lane
Nancy and Dave Gill 

EXHIBITION 2022–23 SEASON MADE POSSIBLE BY
Bill and Sheila Lambert
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Carol and David Aronowitz
Crane Family Foundation
Mike and Paige Crane

FREE GALLERIES MADE POSSIBLE BY
American Electric Power Foundation
Adam Flatto
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
Bill and Sheila Lambert

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR FREE GALLERIES PROVIDED BY
CoverMyMeds
PNC Foundation

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Wexner Family
National Endowment for the Arts
Ohio Arts Council
L Brands Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Mike and Paige Crane
Axium Packaging
CampusParc
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
Nancy Kramer
Larry and Donna James
Lisa Barton
Johanna DeStefano
Jones Day
Alex and Renée Shumate

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