Erotic Art Show to Open at IAIA

Apr 7th, 2015 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

“Fertile Grounds,” an exhibition of erotic art featuring works by Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) students, staff, and alumni will open April 17. A reception will be held from 6-9PM in the academic building on the IAIA campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Fertile Grounds” is a student organized art show, stemming from Christina Castro’s (Jemez Pueblo) course on Indigenous sexuality. The show runs April 17 through May 3, 2015. Many of the pieces in the exhibition will be available for sale. “This show is an attempt to bring the erotic back into Indigenous arts,” Castro says. “There has been a discernible void in images of love and passion between Indigenous people. Acknowledgment of our sexuality and the erotic is a vital step in the decolonizing process. We are creating the space for students, staff and alumni to share their erotic artwork. With IAIA being the only tribal college devoted to Indigenous arts, we should be at the forefront of this discussion.”

Castro’s course and the exhibit have proven popular with IAIA students. Tania Larsson, one of the student organizers of the exhibition, stressed the importance of the endeavor: “It is vital for Indigenous people to talk about and express their sexuality in a healthy way. This art show offers the platform for many artists to explore the erotica genre through their Indigenous perspective at the IAIA.”

Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena), another student at IAIA echoed Larsson, noting that “Fertile Grounds,” will challenge viewers: “I want to evoke emotion through my work. I am a very tactile, visual person, therefore I put a lot of my energy into my visual world,” she says. “I want to make people feel and think, to question my work and what it means for them.”

For interviews with any of the artists or instructor, or to find out more about the exhibit, please contact Eric Davis at 505.424.2351, or at

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