No Father Hennepins Allowed

No Father Hennepins Allowed

Christian Pederson Behrends
2016
Relief print
30" x 22"
http://christianpb.com/

Christian Pederson Behrends is an artist based in Minneapolis whose work explores place, safety, and the importance of play. He created the piece "No Father Hennepins Allowed" to satirize inaccurate historical representations that posit Hennepin as "discovering" Saint Anthony Falls while erasing indigenous peoples' histories. The Falls, in Dakota 'Ówamni Yómni,' are a sacred site and a center of the Dakota nation's lands. In Pederson Behrends' piece, a figure pushes Hennepin out of the frame, rejecting him as a symbol of European colonization, aiming to aid in decolonizing our city and supporting the safety necessary for all communities in Minneapolis. This piece was created for "Reframe Minnesota: Art Beyond a Single Story," a 2016 exhibit at All My Relations Arts Gallery that drew attention to misrepresentational and colonial art in the Minnesota Capitol Building.

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