At the CoCA Gallery 114 3rd Ave South, Seattle WA 98104
"When She Dies, You Too Will Die" is Christine Babic's first solo show in Seattle. After receiving the CoCA Lab artist residency Christine felt an overwhelming responsibility to drive 17 hours to Cannonball, North Dakota, and protest in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. As a member of the Chugach-Sugpiaq Tribe, Christine grew up in the midst of the Exxon Valdez disaster where she bore witness to the rampant destruction of Native Lands and resources.
"When She Dies, You Too Will Die," is a love letter inspired by the devastating and unspoken history of colonization written to every victim of "The American Genocide of the Native" long dead, and a call to arms for those generations of survivors beaten and exhausted. "When She Dies, You Too Will Die " silently and poignantly screams out that we will not be displaced again, we will not be assimilated, our culture will not be drowned your pools of oil and blood.
"Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies you too will die." John Hollow Horn, Oglala Sioux
Exhibition overview from museum website