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Gallery Walk with Shayla Blatchford

Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a gallery walk with exhibiting artist, Shayla Blatchford as we dig further into her work, the Anti-Uranium Mapping Project, on view at the Turchin Center in the Community Gallery.

Location: TCVA Lecture Hall

Cost: FREE

The Anti-Uranium Mapping Project is an interactive audio/visual storytelling project designed to educate audiences about the environmental issues of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation and surrounding lands. The project serves as both historical documentation of the uranium mining era as well as a platform for storytelling and community building. As the demand for uranium increases with nuclear power being pitched to the world as the next “clean energy” solution, old sites of uranium mining could be resurrected. Bringing different perspectives to the conversation provides access to the information needed to make an educated decision about the future of uranium mining and other extractive practices.


The Anti-Uranium Mapping Project: Shayla Blatchford

First Friday Art Crawls on the First Friday of each month, 5 – 8 pm

About the Artist

Shayla Blatchford

Growing up in Long Beach, California, Shayla Blatchford had little exposure to her Native heritage; this sparked a curiosity that continues to propel her work today. Her mother’s genealogical investigation was a launching pad that started Blatchford’s journey to establish a connection with her ancestors and their ways of life. Often, we don’t know how to share our stories. It can be difficult to take a vision from paper to finished project. Blatchford has the ability to help people tell their stories and believes providing that service is a way to share instances of beauty with the world. Photography is about capturing moments. It is about seeing the smallness in the bigness of the world. Blatchford wants to subtly craft these moments into art while allowing her images to foreground the voices of her subjects over her own.


Mar 1
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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