Kade Twist
Multimedia Artist
Santa Fe, NM
2015 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Jeanne & Michael Klein.

Kade L. Twist is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, interactive media, text and installation environments. Twist’s work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism and American Indian cultural self-determination. Mr. Twist is one of the co-founders of Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary artist collective. With his individual work and the collective Postcommodity, Twist has exhibited work nationally and internationally including the: Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CA; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY; National Museum of the American Indian, Gustav Heye Center, Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Nuit Blanche, Toronto; Contour: 5th Biennial of the Moving Image, Mechelen, BE; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum; Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Adelaide International; National Museum ofof Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo; and the 18th Beinnale of Sydney. Postcommodity have been the recipients of grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Harpo Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Art Matters, Creative Capital and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.In addition to his art practice, Twist is also a public affairs consultant specializing in American Indian health care, technology and community development with clients that include the Ford Foundation, Benton Foundation, Center for Community Change, National Congress of American Indians, Native American Public Telecommunications, Institute of American Indian Arts, American Dental Association and numerous American Indian Nations. Twist received his MFA in Intermedia from the Herberger Institute School of Art at Arizona State University. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.

  • Artwork by Kade Twist
    P’oe iwe naví ûnp’oe dînmuu (My Blood is in the Water) – 2010.
  • Artwork by Kade Twist
    Repellent Fence (US/Mexican Borderlands) – Forthcoming, October 2015.
  • Artwork by Kade Twist
    It’s Easy to Live With Promises If You Believe They Are Only Ideas – 2012.
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