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Joe Joe Orangias at MassArt

  • Brant Gallery at MassArt, Bulding H 621 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA, 02115 United States (map)

The Brant Gallery is thrilled to present "Unsettling Colonial Objects: A Process of Removal and Transformation" by Joe Joe Orangias. 

Date: November 3 - November 30
Reception: November 3, 6–8 pm
Artist talk: November 3 at 7pm

“Unsettling colonial objects,” an exhibition of an ongoing series of sculptures by Joe Joe Orangias and his collaborations with artist Leah Craig and scientist Frank Pega, will be presented at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Brant Gallery. The series takes as it starting point colonial objects that misrepresent Indigenous Peoples in public and commercial spaces on Turtle Island (North America). Such objects have been produced and used since the instigation of settler colonial nations around the globe. Featuring sculptural transformations, this exhibition is based on Orangias’ call and action to remove colonial objects and transform public space to be more equitable for Indigenous and non-indigenous communities. The sculptures provide narratives that question issues inherent in the colonial objects, while also challenging larger issues of European and US colonialism and the role objects and monuments play in shaping culture, history and place. 

This project was made in part with support from an SMFA Traveling Fellowship and residencies at the Galveston Artist Residency, Auckland RM Gallery & Research Space and the Muriwai Earthskin Creative Residency. 

Joe Joe Orangias is an artist, activist and writer based between Brooklyn and Geneva. His projects, often collaborative and site-specific, address social justice and environmental sustainability issues. He earned a MFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), and a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Orangias has exhibited projects at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Gaffa Gallery, Sydney; Hinterconti Projects, Hamburg; Proof Gallery, Boston; and the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong. He was awarded a SMFA Traveling Fellowship for research in Aotearoa New Zealand; an ASA Visual Arts Fellowship from the Hochschule für bildende Künste-Hamburg; and residencies at the Galveston Artist Residency, RM Gallery in Auckland and Atelier OPA in Tokyo. He has published in Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design). Visit to learn more.