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Barbara Bentree is a multiple award-winning filmmaker and musician. She grew up in rural Minnesota and was blessed by a childhood that was largely of her own design. Barbara began her career as a professional vocalist and spent 23 years in Los Angeles developing her diverse talents. She worked as a director, writer, and producer both for live theatrical performances and also for movies and television. One of her most notable credits was producing vocal music for "The New Mickey Mouse Club" television show for The Disney Channel. During her tenure there she auditioned, cast and worked with Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, Keri Russell, Britney Spears and Christina Aquilera to name a few.

 

Since coming to New Mexico, Barbara is working to develop her own original projects. Ms. Bentree's stories are inspired by her desire to change the conversations about women, animals and the environment. Regarding Barbara's feminist projects, her first film was titled, "My Choice" and it is about women who choose not to have children. Last year in partnership with Santa Fe NOW, Barbara created a series of intimate interviews with women about their own abortion experiences titled, "Abortion Stories." This video was used to educate NM representatives during the past legislative session. Barbara is currently touring national and international film festivals with her Feature documentary titled, "Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time". During these travels, she is writing two original feminist stories to become books, podcasts or films. "Of Thee I Sing" and "Out Of Bounds" are part of Barbara's mission to help change the way young girls see and value themselves on our planet.

Filmmaker & Musician

Barbara Bentree

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Nanibah “Nani” Chacon, is a Dine (Navajo) and Chicana artist. Most recognized as a painter and muralist. Nani was born in Gallup, New Mexico and grew up both on both the Navajo reservation and New Mexico. Her most notable works have been with in the public arts sector, in which she has a cumulative experience of over 20 years.  She began a prolific career as a graffiti writer, and continued this practice for the next 10 years. In 2005, she began exploring other mediums and developed strong aptitude in painting, illustration and design. In 2012, she returned to the public eye creating work on walls. Soon this work transpired to creating Murals and large-scale public works. A return to working on walls and in a public setting was a natural progression that facilitates the content of her work as well as personal philosophy that art should be accessible and a meaningful catalyst for social change. In 2003 she received her Bachelor in Education from the University of New Mexico. Community based arts and educational integration are also a key component the work Nani creates. Her work has been recognized for its unique style and attention paid to site specificity, as well as the integration of socio-political issues effecting women and indigenous peoples.

 

Nani has created works both Nationally and Internationally. Working with multiple organizations and institutions. The most notable being the National endowment for the arts, California Endowment for the arts. US consulate and Embassy in Russia, NM Public Arts Foundation, National Museum of Mexican Art Chicago, Navajo Nation Museum, National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Museum of Native contemporary Art, The Obama Foundation, The Smithsonian Institution.  

Painter & Muralist

Nani Chacon

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Jessica Helen Lopez is the City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Emeritus and a current educator at the Native American Community Academy, as well as an instructor with the UNM Chicana and Chicano Studies Department. Author of four poetry collections, her most recent publication, "Provocateur," was released in Summer 2019 by Swimming With Elephants Publications. Recipient of the Zia Book Award and the John Trudell Poetry and Activism Award presented by the San Bernadino Valley College, she is a Pushcart Prize nominee and is currently working to complete her fifth manuscript with a focus on women who have survived violence through the lens of persona poetry and verse. Founder of La Palabra - The Word is a Woman, an online intersectional and inclusive community with a focus on feminism and LGBTQ rights through the arts. Lopez is also the founder and coach of RezSpit Youth Poetry Collective, an all Indigenous youth performance poetry group. 

Poet

Jessica Helen Lopez

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Lisa Madison is a multi-media Impact Producer and documentary filmmaker. She produces and distributes moving documentary films in conjunction with powerful grassroots campaigns to inspire audiences to engage and advance important social issues.

Since getting her MA in Media Studies at the New School in NYC, Lisa has worked at the intersection of online organizing and documentary film. In 2010, Lisa developed an entirely new model for grassroots distribution of documentary films using online political organizing tools with the intention of helping films become tools for activism and social change. She has served as Campaign Director and Distribution Coordinator for a number of social action documentary films, including Fresh (2009), Seeds of Time (2013) by Academy-award nominated Producer & Director Sandy McLeod, A Small Good Thing (2015) by Academy-award Winning Producer Pamela Tanner Boll and Soufra (2017), Directed by Thomas Morgan and Executive Produced by Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon. 

 

Lisa is the VP of Impact and Distribution for Square Zero Films and is currently producing a film about child enslavement in Haiti called Tibebe & The Judge, Executive Produced by Susan Sarandon and Sarah, Duchess of York.

Impact Producer & Documentary Filmmaker

Lisa Madison 

Moore is a Texas-born artist currently living in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Her work is based on re-interpreting family, social, & natural history through the form of painted & sewn wall works and sculptures and artist’s books. Her work is a kind of personal archaeology; She sees herself as a “literate” granddaughter who has synthesized the quilt-making/storytelling traditions of her rural grandmothers into new forms. Moore usually paints in oil on gessoed paper or wood and often incorporate found materials such as rusted metal or re-used cans. These found materials add resonance to her work and are part of its content. She often includes texts, sometimes as a word play and on occasion, a story. The words can be imprinted or written by hand. Even if the text or content is difficult or provocative, she seeks to arrive at harmony. I want to find ways through artmaking to achieve resolution and balance.

 

Moore resided for many years in New York City before moving to New Mexico, and has exhibited extensively in NYC, Canada, Brazil and New Mexico. She is committed to the idea of placing artwork within a social context and has worked with feminist/political art groups towards that end. Working with other artists or with members of the community has long been a part of her art practice. This can take the form of inviting friends to send her words or bits of materials that she incorporates into her art-making, or through organizing collaborative women’s exhibits based on specific ideas, or through working with school children, as she has done in New Mexico, to create large-scale outdoor public art painted tile mosaics. She has also managed the Espanola Farmers Market for the past twenty years and done two iterations of The Farm Show, a project that pairs artists and farmers and has resulted in the creation of thirty-two Farm Story banners. Barnard College Library houses Sabra Moore NYC Women’s Art Movement Archive that documents the art and activism that she chronicled in her book, Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City, 1970- 1992 (New Village Press, 2016). 

Painter & Sculptor

Sabra Moore

Clara Natonabah is a multimodal performing artist based in Albuquerque, NM. She is of the Tachiinii (Red Runs Into Water) clan and of the Billigana (White People) clan. As a bi-racial composer of Diné and Dutch descent, Clara's work tackles issues like indigenous liberation, addiction, and sexual violence. Currently, Clara works as the Performing Arts Instructor at the Santa Fe Indian School and as an actress and co-playwright for the native theatre and film company Two Worlds. 


Clara's awards include the Gates Millennium Scholarship to attend the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston MA where she graduated in 2015 with a BA in Songwriting, and most recently, the Ford Foundation Scholarship to earn her Masters at the Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont.
 

This year ('19), Clara released the album, "Spirit Line: Woven Together For Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives" which has raised over 2k in donations for the the Sovereign Bodies Institute, the home of the most comprehensive database for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. As the Creative Director Clara rallied 11 indigenous women from across the nation to share their songs and stories on the album, and 100% of the proceeds go toward MMIW initiatives and to the affected families.

 

In September of 2019, Spirit Line was chosen as the "Music Makers of the Month" for the Native America Calling Podcast which has approximately 50,000 listeners nationwide. Spirit Line may be purchased through a donation to SBI: https://www.sovereign-bodies.org/donate. Updates can be found on facebook at Clara Natonabah Music or Instagram at Clara Natonabah 

Performing Artist

Clara Natonabah

Poet, feminist, photographer, oral historian, and social activist Margaret Randall was born in New York City and grew up in New Mexico. Returning to New York in the 1950's, she was associated with both the abstract expressionists and the Beats. She moved to Mexico City in the 1960's, where she co-founded and co-edited the bilingual literary journal El Corno Emplumado/The Plumed Horn. Randall took an active part in the Mexican student movement of 1968 and was forced to flee the country, traveling first to Prague and then to Cuba, where she lived for 11 years with her partner and four children. In 1980, Randall moved to Nicaragua, where she lived during the years of the Sandinistas. Many of her books are attempts to understand how socialist revolutionary societies intersect, or fail to intersect, with feminism. She is the author of more than 150 books of poetry, prose, oral testimony, and memoir.

In 1984, Randall returned to the United States, only to face deportation under the McCarran-Walter Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952; her writings were declared “against the good order and happiness of the United States.” After a five-year legal battle, Randall won her case. She received a Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett grant for writers victimized by political repression and a PEN New Mexico Dorothy Doyle Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing and Human Rights Activism. Her photographs are in the Capitol Art Foundation’s permanent collection, and Randall herself is the subject of a documentary by Lu Lippold and Pam Colby, The Unapologetic Life of Margaret Randall.

Randall lives with her wife, the painter Barbara Byers, in New Mexico.

Poet, Photographer, Oral Historian

Margaret Randall

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Taslim van Hattum is a multi-disciplinary artist raised in Northern New Mexico to the sounds of the Turkish saz in a woodshop in the village of Abiquiu. Her work--in every medium--focuses on how contemporary society intersects with religious and sociopolitical identities, representations and women–challenging and exposing the way in which space, personhood, belief and popular culture are connected and imagined by the viewer. Her work disrupts notions of Muslim womanhood, Muslim femininity and identity without resorting to easier tropes of a niqabi in a bikini or other more simplistic juxtapositions that don’t always delve deeper into the subtlety of what it means to vacillate between cultures, religions, identities and loyalties. Her work is at once reflective of her experience as a Muslim woman, deeply critical of her own cultural and religious frameworks, and irreverent, silly, and crafted with purpose.

Taslim is also committed to a meaningful career furthering health equity nationally as a social worker and public heath professional where she often is able to create capacious conversations around art, addiction and community healing. 

Multi-disciplinary artist

Taslim van Hattum

Friday, November 1, 7-9pm at Santa Fe Art Institute. Doors open at 6pm with complimentary soup and snacks.

6:30pm performance by Clara Natonabah 

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CURRENTS OF IMAGINATION: THE RADICALNESS OF FEMINIST ART

Often revered as "society's conscience," feminist artists use their empathy and talents to humanize statistics, expose the strength that lies within pain, and trigger wide-spread community actions. Whatever their artform, feminist artists are radical in their straddling of both celebration and catastrophe in their works.

Join us for three intimate 30 minute conversations between artists discussing the currents of their own imaginations, and the ways in which they choose to shift and shape culture.

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