Postcommodity: Three Works and a Conversation
Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist. Postcommodity's art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial, and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever-increasing velocities and complex forms of violence. Postcommodity works to forge new metaphors capable of rationalizing our shared experiences within this increasingly challenging contemporary environment; promote a constructive discourse that challenges the social, political, and economic processes that are destabilizing communities and geographies; and connect Indigenous narratives of cultural self-determination with the broader public sphere.
Postcommodity is the recipients of grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2010), Creative Capital (2012), Art Matters (2013), Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (2014), Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (2017), Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship (2017–2018), and Harker Fund of the San Francisco Foundation (2018–2019). The collective has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Contour, the 5th Biennial of the Moving Image in Mechelen, Belgium; Nuit Blanche, Toronto, California; 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, Arizona; 2017 Whitney Biennial, New York City; Art in General, New York City; documenta14, Athens, Greece, and Kassel, Delaware; the 57th Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Desert X, Coachella Valley, California; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; LAXART, Los Angeles; and the historic land art installation Repellent Fence at the U.S./Mexico border near Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Sonora. The collective was awarded the Fine Prize for their contribution to the 2018 Carnegie International, titled From Smoke and Tangled Waters, They Carried Fire Home.