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Free for all audiencesOn view in the lower lobby through October 15, 2023
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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 boldface phrases such as “I LIKE HOW YOU SEE NATIVE AMERICANS AS YOUR INTELLECTUAL EQUAL.” The Native Guide Project: Columbus is installed on the building’s exterior grid scaffolding through December 30, 2023, and in the interior lobby through October 15, 2023. Work by Tsouhlarakis was also featured on monitors around Columbus thanks to a partnership with Orange Barrel Media.
Framed as responses to a potential interlocutor, Tsouhlarakis’s texts encourage viewers to question their complicity in the ongoing erasure and displacement of Indigenous tribes. The work references the more than 10,000 earthworks across Ohio built by Native people long before the arrival of settler-colonists.
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 presented Tsouhlarakis’s short Breath of Wind.
Anna Tsouhlarakis, The Native Guide Project: Columbus, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist.
Anna Tsouhlarakis, A Native Guide: Columbus, installation view at the Wexner Center, photo: Stephen Takacs.
Anna Tsouhlarakis, It's True! There Was a Voice Before Columbus., installation view at the Wexner Center, photo: Stephen Takacs.
Anna Tsouhlarakis, I Notice How You Listen When the Mounds Speak., installation view at the Wexner Center, photo: Stephen Takacs.
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.
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Anna Tsouhlarakis: The Native Guide Project: Columbus