the work of WIND AIR LAND SEA

strong breeze
14–23 SEPT. 2018

Agamiing – Niwaabaandaan miinawaa Nimiwkendaan // At the Lake – I see and I remember

Dylan A.T. Miner

Agamiing – Niwaabaandaan miinawaa Nimiwkendaan // At the Lake—I see and remember begins with the Anishinaabemowin word agamiing, which signifies “to be at the lake, at the shore, or at the water.” Miner explores the lake as an important historic and contemporary location where different peoples/ecologies/worlds meet.


A series of seven platforms constructed from old growth lumber and copper are installed in seven sites across the exhibition area, buried slightly into the ground so that the surface of the platform is at ground/water level. Materially, the platforms’ copper detailing is symbolically rich: it harkens back to both early capitalist mineral extraction in the Great Lakes region, and to the sacred use of copper within many Indigenous communities.


Rematriating old-growth wood (and copper) back to the land, Miner’s work also explores the non-linear temporal concept of aaniikoobijinag (ancestors/descendants)—this work serves to bring the past into the present/future, or the present into the past/future, or the future into past/present. In addition to mediating between earth, water, and skyworlds, Miner’s platforms also serve to create a space to look at and remember the ecological destruction wrought by industry. Animated throughout the exhibition, Miner’s platforms serve as micro-ecologies within the larger industrial environment. However, these micro-ecologies are always interconnected with all other ecologies and, in turn, never fully autonomous. The platforms will play host to events throughout the festival.



Dylan A.T. Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar. He is Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Miner sits on the Michigan Indian Education Council, is a founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, has been featured in over 20 solo exhibitions, and been an artist in residence or visiting artist at institutions across North America and Europe. He holds a PhD from The University of New Mexico and has published more than sixty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays, and encyclopedia entries, and numerous limited-edition artist books/booklets. He recently commenced the Bootaagaani-minis ∞ Drummond Island Land Reclamation Project and is uncertain if he will return to academic writing.