Chicagoan American Indian Family Brings the Second City to England

Chris Pappan, Kaw, in England with family this week for opening.

Chris Pappan, Kaw, in England with family this week for opening.

“First People, Second City” Native Art Exhibition Now Open in Bristol, United Kingdom

BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM – A few months ago, the Native News Online published an article regarding the Yepa-Pappan husband and wife’s art exhibition and fundraiser to go to Europe. Having met the goal, the family was proudly able to be at Rainmaker’s opening gallery of “First People, Second City.”

For years, both Chris Pappan, Kaw, and Debra Yepa-Pappan, Jemez Pueblo, have developed their art that often relates to their American Indian roots as well as their urban life in Chicago.  Both are graduates of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and internationally known artists.

Most American Indians tend to be viewed with skewed perspectives by the rest of the world; Chris Pappan emphasizes this idea by showing multiple overlaying images of a character or distorted and exaggerated perspectives of individuals using graphite on ledger paper. Drawing on ledger paper is a historical technique that many Plains tribes utilized to tell their stories or events.
Ceci N'est Pas Une Indienn, part of exhibition

Ceci N’est Pas Une Indienn, part of exhibition

While Debra Yepa-Pappan has a great understanding of the dual identities that many American Indians experience. Being half Korean and half Jemez Pueblo, her digital prints reflect elements, traditions and even pop art images of both cultures juxtaposing saturated colors and photographed figures.

Rainmaker gallery, founded over twenty-five years ago, has served as the UK showcase for contemporary North American Indian art and jewelry. Partnering with the British Museum, curator Dr. Max Carocci often collaborates and provides supporting lectures to exhibitions, such as this one, to bring contemporary American Indian art.

“First People, Second City” will run from June 17th until August 9th 2014.

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