Jacob Meders | Aksum Belle: Afterwards
January 22-February 23, 2019
The Jacki Headley University Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of artist and printmaker Jacob Meders. Meders, a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California, uses book forms, prints, and sculpture to challenge perceptions of place, culture, and identity built on the assimilation and homogenization of Indigenous peoples. For this exhibition, Meders has created a site-responsive installation that transforms the gallery into an indigenous space. As part of a larger project in partnership with The Janet Turner Print Museum and the exhibition “Meemento: Before” which is curated by Meders from the Turner’s collection, “Aksum Belle: Afterwards” at the Headley Gallery explores Native American identity as it specifically relates to an institution built on the ancestral lands of the Mechoopda-Maidu. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.