‘Songs From the Extraction Zones: A Symposium & Exhibition on Fracking in New Mexico’ Opens at Santa Fe Art Institute on Friday, April 28th, Featuring Notable Advocates and Artists

Please join us on Friday, April 28th, from 6-9 PM,  when New Mexico Story Power and Santa Fe Art Institute hosts an exhibition of works in dialogue with climate justice and fossil fuel resistance. At 7PM, a panel discussion begins with prominent New Mexico water and land protectors, anti-fracking advocates and community organizers. The multi-media exhibit includes SFAI ‘Water Rights’ residents and local artists whose work addresses the escalating threats and impacts of fossil fuel extraction on human communities and the natural world, and speaks to the considerable growing resistance to injustices of extraction practices.

In the panel discussion, moderated by New Mexico Story Power, audience members will hear firsthand from frontline organizers how fracking is affecting communities in the state, what can be done to help amplify issues, and how to organize and mobilize for positive change. The panel of speakers consists of: Eleanor Bravo of Food & Water Watch; Mike Eisenfeld of San Juan Citizens Alliance; Miya King-Flaherty of Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter; Mariel Nanasi of New Energy Economy; Kendra Pinto of the Navajo Nation; Rebecca Sobel of WildEarth Guardians, and Daniel Tso of the Navajo Nation. This is a unique opportunity for New Mexico communities to hear from several advocates at once – in dialogue with one another – on issues of critical importance to New Mexico’s water security, economic viability, community health and safety, agricultural sectors, and collective future.

Through drawings, videos, installations, paintings, and performance, artists respond to questions also posed to advocates in the panel discussion, such as: How do we call attention to crisis, how do we ‘make the invisible visible’? How can we combat such a powerful force as the fossil fuel industry, and how can we maintain necessary hope and stamina in these challenging times? How do we organize, and best mobilize as communities? As we develop more effective tactics, what do these steps forward look and feel like?

‘Songs From the Extraction Zones’ is co-curated by Asha Canalos, SFAI ‘Water Rights’ Resident and Co-editor of New Mexico Story Power, and Toni Gentilli, of The Santa Fe Art Institute. Participating artists include Bobbe Besold, Thomas Burkett, Asha Canalos, Elaine Cimino, Karsten Creightney, Joerael Elliott, Lyla June Johnston, Jennifer Meridian, Ahni Rocheleau, Brian Willett, Rulan Tangen and WINTER COUNT (Cannupa Hanska Luger, Nicholas Galanin, Dylan McLaughlin, Merritt Johnson, Ginger Dunnill). The exhibit runs through May 5th, with viewing hours from 9AM- 5PM, Monday through Friday.

To learn more about the panelists and artists participating in the event, please visit https://sfai.org/nmfracking/.

Panel Discussion and Exhibition Opening: Friday April 28th, 6-9PM

Panel Begins at 7PM, Q&A at 8:15

Exhibition Dates: April 28th through May 5th | Viewing Hours 9AM-5PM Monday- Friday

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