george emilio sanchez

george emilio sanchez

In the Court of the Conqueror
April 21 - 22, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

The personal and the political are interwoven in a piercing artistic commentary on Native identity and institutional racism.

21/22 Hop Presents

2021/22 Artist-in-Residence

Part historical, part autobiographical, this solo performance focuses on key landmark cases of Federal Indian Law as well as the artist's own experiences of being raised in an Ecuadorian immigrant household that held cultural biases and prejudice towards indigenous people. The performance, with visual design by Patty Ortiz, revolves around the 200-year-old history of US Supreme Court rulings that have diminished the Tribal Sovereignty of Native Nations in Indian Country.

In the Court of the Conqueror is the second installment of sanchez's performance series, Performing the Constitution. One of the inspirations for embarking on this series is to create narratives that point to, and highlight, the importance and relevance of how the creation of law and its ramifications have a direct link to how communities of color live and exist in this country. sanchez has created an artistic avenue by which to reflect and analyze the breadth and scope of how institutional racism and cultural tenets of racial and gender superiority are embedded in the nation's foundational document.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Native American and Indigenous Studies

Generously supported by the David H. Hilton 1951 Fund No. 2, the Herbert Levine 1937, the Fund, Edward M. Jr. 1946,  the Molly Scheu Fund and Virginia R. and James W. Giddens '59

Photo: Zack Garlitos

Learn more about sanchez's 2021-22 Residency at the Hop >


george emilio sanchez is a writer, performance artist and social activist living and working on the ancestral homelands of the Lenapehoking, or Land of the Lenape, today known as Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York. Most recently he premiered XIV at Dixon Place in New York City in 2019.  He recently was named the Keith Haring Fellow by the MacDowell in New Hampshire, and he is a Social Practice artist-in-residence at Abrons Arts Center in New York City.  He teaches at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island and is the Performance Director for Emergenyc, a program that explores the intersection between arts and activism. 

Patty Ortiz received BFA from University of Texas and MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Ortiz has exhibited her work throughout the United States and internationally including Mexico City, Chile, and Amsterdam. She received a "New Forms Regional Initiative Grant," funded by the National Endowment for the Arts' InterArts Program and a CoVision Project Grant from the Colorado Council on the Arts. Ortiz has received several public and private commissions including the City of Boulder, The Jeppeson Corporation in Frankfort Germany and Denver International Airport. Since 2015 Ortiz has presented her Work Won't Kill You series at SaltQuarters, Syracuse, New York, Art Produce, San Diego, California, Terminal Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado, Luminaria Contemporary Art Festival, San Antonio, Texas and at Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusettes. In 2020 during the pandemic she was invited to participate in the Citizenship Parade, a socially distant event presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver and in the fall of 2021 she was resident artist at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

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