Pushing the Conversation Forward: Dyani White Hawk Interviewed by Sheila Regan, Bomb Magazine

A museum exhibition of interdisciplinary work by an Indigenous woman artist.

She Gives, the current solo museum exhibition by Dyani White Hawk (Sičáŋǧu Lakota) at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota, highlights current concerns such as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic while weaving in the Lakota notion of “Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ,” which roughly translates as “we are all related” or “all my relations.”

She Gives is immersive both in the way that White Hawk brings images of Native women into the center of the space and how she foregrounds the sound of different Native languages, spoken by Native women, throughout the gallery. White Hawk also showcases her enthralling technique of combining bead and porcupine quillwork with painting and printmaking. In works that are immaculately detailed, White Hawk offers an important conversation with the present moment.

—Sheila Regan