Putting the Continent Back Together
Albuquerque’s newest mural envisions a brighter world
Karie Luidens or https://linktr.ee/southwest_ness
Walls often serve to divide people.
For the visionaries of NSRGNTS, however, walls can also bring people together.
The art collective recently unveiled their latest mural at HomegrowNM Trading Post, on the corner of Central Avenue and Morningside Drive SE. “Abya Yala: Indigenous Freeways” depicts a single continuous landscape from south to north, united by an overarching rainbow.
“A lot of people, nowadays, when they think of borders, they think that borders are protecting us,” says Votan Ik, who founded NSRGNTS just over 20 years ago.
As he sees it, however, border enforcement fundamentally harms the land, fosters exploitation, and sows conflict.
“That is not something that we as Indigenous people of this continent have executed, right?” he says.
“Borders are still a very new concept,” adds Leah Lewis, Ik’s partner and fellow NSRGNTS activist.
Seeking to share their vision of an undivided continent, Ik and Lewis teamed up with local artist Saba to design the “Abya Mala” mural, supported by a grant from the Native Health Initiative.
Read more of this story at https://medium.com/southwestness/putting-the-continent-back-together-63ffd8ec3994 by Karie Luidens of #TheSouthwestness