WardenMultidisciplinary Artist & Performer
Allison Akootchook Warden is an Iñupiaq traditional artist who activates her Iñupiaq worldview through installation, music, performance art, visual art, creative writing, and dance. Warden is a tribal member of the Native Village of Kaktovik, and lives in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2018, she received a Rasmuson Individual Artist Fellowship in the field of New Genre, a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship in the field of Music, and a Western Arts Alliance Native Launchpad Fellowship in the field of Music.
Warden is currently working on Everybody Will Be a Millionaire!, an installation of photography, objects, and video created by “you copy?”, the collaborative team of Iñupiaq artists Brian Adams and Allison Akootchook Warden. The exhibit includes a series of staged photographs in which modern Iñupiaq are photographed wearing regalia from Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Conversely, people from the above countries are photographed wearing Iñupiaq regalia, recreating photographs of Alaska and UAE leaders and locals from 1971, a year when the UAE was formed and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed by Congress. Warden recently performed rap as part of an International Circumpolar Hip-Hop Collaboration at the Riddu Riđđu Festivála in Mandalen, Norway in 2018 and is working on an album entirely in her Iñupiaq language.
Portrait photo courtesy artist.