Nani Chacon: SPECTRUM
SITE Santa Fe is proud to present; SPECTRUM, a new body of work from artist Nani Chacon (b.1980 Chinle, Diné) that explores cultural repair and radical colonial resistance through masterful visual storytelling and re-telling. Composed of 10 newly commissioned large-scale paintings and a survey of Chacon’s public murals and personal archive, SPECTRUM draws inspiration from traditional Diné creation mythology, and blends this with Chacon’s own experiences as a contemporary Indigenous artist.
Nani Chacon (b.1980) is a Diné and Chicana artist, born in Gallup, New Mexico. Chacon’s practice includes large-scale site-specific public artworks, drawing, installation, and design. Primarily working as a painter and muralist, she has shown both nationally and internationally, creating projects that focus on community engagement, led by her personal philosophy that art should be an accessible, and meaningful catalyst for social change. Her work is recognized for its unique style, using figurative subject matter to explore the complexity of contemporary Indigenous culture and identities, bringing these voices to the forefront of public arenas.
Chacon received her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of New Mexico in 2003. Notable Projects have been supported by; The National Endowment for the Arts, California Endowment for the Arts, US Consulate and Embassy in Russia, The Obama Foundation, NM Public Arts Foundation, National Museum of Mexican Art Chicago, Navajo Nation Museum, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the Museum of Native Contemporary Art.
As part of SPECTRUM, Nani Chacon recorded her thoughts on various aspects of her practice as well as a number of the works in the show. These recordings are available below, as well as in the gallery via QR code.