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Jacob A. Meders

And It’s Built on the Sacred

May 8 - Oct 17, 2021

And It’s Built on the Sacred is an installation by Jacob A. Meders (Mechoopda/Maidu) that reflects on the gentrification of Indigenous land and the handling of unwanted Euro-American religious objects.

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And It’s Built on the Sacred is an installation by Jacob A. Meders (Mechoopda/Maidu) that reflects on the gentrification of Indigenous land and the handling of unwanted Euro-American religious objects. The installation facilitates an open dialogue about discarded or unwanted objects like souvenirs and religious novelties, and reconsiders how meaning can be layered and reclaimed in these commodities. Meders took found objects, which have completed their cycle with their previous proprietor, and hand-painted traditional markings of Indigenous people on them. In doing this, he is asking if what is considered holy can also be considered sacred. In the center of the installation sits a circular dirt floor constructed by hand. By physically bringing earth indoors, Meders is reflecting on what is sacred, the loss or destruction of what is sacred, and how easily expendable the sacred can be. Combined, all the components of the installation “re-Indigenize” or reclaim the gallery as a sacred space—layering old and new histories.

Organized by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by Julie Ganas, curator of engagement and digital initiatives.

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And It’s Built on the Sacred: A Virtual Discussion 

Friday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.

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Presented on Zoom

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Local Artist Jacob A. Meders Creates Immersive Installation at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

 

Related Publicity

Scottsdale Independent interviewed Jacob A. Meders and museum curators for “Exhibit at Scottsdale museum invites audiences to address impacts on indigenous cultures,” Sept. 24, 2021.

Southwest Contemporary included And It’s Built on the Sacred in its roundup featuring “10 Southwest Art Exhibitions Worth a Road Trip Before Summer Ends,” Aug. 6, 2021.

Phoenix New Times featured And It’s Built on the Sacred in “Why Indigenous Artist Jacob A. Meders Filled a Room at SMoCA With Dirt,” July 20, 2021.

Scottsdale Independent featured And It’s Built on the Sacred in “Artist Jacob A. Meders creates immersive installation at SMoCA,” July 20, 2021.

And It’s Built on the Sacred was included in Phoenix New Times‘ roundup “The Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week” on July 19, 2021.

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