In Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, Demian DinéYazhi´ layers text and
narration over footage of his grandparents’ land north
of Ch ́ínílį–Diné Bikéyah (Navajo Nation). In the voiceover, he describes returning to the reservation where he
spent much of his childhood. Through the intimacy of
his story and the video’s DIY aesthetic, his monologue
expresses a deep emotional connection to the desert.
Printed over the shaky, lo-fi footage is Joy Harjo’s poem
“Returning from the Enemy,” which speaks to the
profound relationship between home and land. While
the simultaneity of the two texts introduces a sense of
disconnection and rupture, for the artist the entwined
stories are also a testament to the concept of
survivance. More than survival, it is a way of life that
actively sustains Indigenous forms of knowledge. 

See the work on view now in Between the Waters

[Demian DinéYazhi´, still of Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, 2013. Video, color, sound; 3:59 min. loop. Collection of the artist]

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In Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, Demian DinéYazhi´ layers text…In Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, Demian DinéYazhi´ layers text…In Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, Demian DinéYazhi´ layers text…In Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, Demian DinéYazhi´ layers text…In Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, Demian DinéYazhi´ layers text…

In Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, Demian DinéYazhi´ layers text and
narration over footage of his grandparents’ land north
of Ch ́ínílį–Diné Bikéyah (Navajo Nation). In the voiceover, he describes returning to the reservation where he
spent much of his childhood. Through the intimacy of
his story and the video’s DIY aesthetic, his monologue
expresses a deep emotional connection to the desert.
Printed over the shaky, lo-fi footage is Joy Harjo’s poem
“Returning from the Enemy,” which speaks to the
profound relationship between home and land. While
the simultaneity of the two texts introduces a sense of
disconnection and rupture, for the artist the entwined
stories are also a testament to the concept of
survivance. More than survival, it is a way of life that
actively sustains Indigenous forms of knowledge. 

See the work on view now in Between the Waters

[Demian DinéYazhi´, still of Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, 2013. Video, color, sound; 3:59 min. loop. Collection of the artist]

In Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, Demian DinéYazhi´ layers text and
narration over footage of his grandparents’ land north
of Ch ́ínílį–Diné Bikéyah (Navajo Nation). In the voiceover, he describes returning to the reservation where he
spent much of his childhood. Through the intimacy of
his story and the video’s DIY aesthetic, his monologue
expresses a deep emotional connection to the desert.
Printed over the shaky, lo-fi footage is Joy Harjo’s poem
“Returning from the Enemy,” which speaks to the
profound relationship between home and land. While
the simultaneity of the two texts introduces a sense of
disconnection and rupture, for the artist the entwined
stories are also a testament to the concept of
survivance. More than survival, it is a way of life that
actively sustains Indigenous forms of knowledge. 

See the work on view now in Between the Waters

[Demian DinéYazhi´, still of Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, 2013. Video, color, sound; 3:59 min. loop. Collection of the artist]

In Rez Dog, Rez Dirt, Demian DinéYazhi´ layers text…

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