In July 2016, SITE Santa Fe opens much wider than a line, the second installment in SITE’s reimagined biennial series SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas. The exhibition will feature 35 artists from 16 countries and 11 new commissions organized around intersecting ideas brought together by a team of five international curators - Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Kathleen Ash-Milby, Pip Day, Pablo León de la Barra, and Kiki Mazzucchelli.
much wider than a line is an articulation of the interconnectedness of the Americas and various shared experiences such as the recognition of colonial legacies, expressions of the vernacular, the influence of indigenous understandings, and our relationship to the land.
much wider than a line takes its title from Leanne Simpson’s, Dancing on our Turtle’s Back, a book about life ways of Nishnaabeg people. In her accounts of non-colonial conceptions of nationhood and sovereignty, it is the joint care taking required in the overlapping territorial boundaries between one indigenous nation and another that are traditionally relationship-building. The relationships that emerge are, like the borders themselves, much wider than a line.
The SITElines.2016 team's approach foregrounds curatorial collaboration, the integration of multiple art histories, and the exploration of points of convergence and divergence amongst artists working across the Americas. The catalogue will function as an extension of the exhibition providing a complimentary platform for research and artist projects.