5th Artist Announced! – Suzanne Kite + Nathan Young

Festivals: M:ST 9 Biennial | September 7 - October 7, 2018.

Project description coming soon!


Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer from
Los Angeles, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition, an MFA from Bard College’s Milton
Avery Graduate School, and is a PhD candidate at Concordia University. Recently, Kite has
been developing a body interface for movement performances, carbon fiber sculptures,
immersive video & sound installations, and has recently launched the experimental electronic
imprint, Unheard Records.

Still now I am a blue bird.
Still now buffalo are coming over the hills.

As an Indigenous thinker in the contemporary colonized world, I am interested in exploring how
our knowledge is built on what Lee Hester and Jim Cheney call “epistemologies of domination
and control.” In “Truth and Native American Epistemology,” they suggest that one of the main
differences between Indian ‘ceremonial worlds’ and Western ‘ceremonial worlds’ is the intention
of these worlds to be “responsibly true”. Indigenous worlds are “built on the basis of an ethicalepistemological
orientation of attentiveness (or, as Native Americans tend to put it, respect)”.
They quote Black Elk’s explanation of how the Oglala received White Buffalo Calf Woman:
“‘This they tell’, Black Elk said, ‘and whether it happened so or not, I do not know; but if you
think about it, you can see that it is true.’” Hester and Cheney tell us “The account of Buffalo
Calf Woman is not necessarily to be understood in literalist, historical terms; the account is to be
understood as a depiction of one element of the ceremonial world within which the Oglala
Lakota live … we must always consider (over the course of our entire lives) the ways (often
multiple) that a particular story or experience might instruct us; stories and experience are to be
understood as having often inexhaustible depth.”


Nathan Young (born 1975, Tahlequah, OK) is a multidisciplinary artist and composer working in
an expanded practice that incorporates sound, video, documentary, animation, installation,
socially engaged art and experimental and improvised music. Nathan’s work often engages the
spiritual and the political and re-imagines indigenous sacred imagery in order to complicate and
subvert notions of the sublime. Nathan is a founding and former member for the artist collective
Postcommodity (2007-2015) and holds an MFA in Music / Sound from Bard College’s Milton-
Avery School of the Arts.