JUNE 22 – JULY 28, 2019

Opening Reception
June 22, 7–9 PM

These Days is pleased to present Gun Show, a solo exhibition of new work by Jaque Fragua.

For Jaque Fragua, there is no distinction between politics and art. He simultaneously resists and creates. Fragua’s (Jemez Pueblo, born 1986) latest body of work extends his radicalism and commitment to protect and engage Indigenous bodies and nations as sovereign. Where the American educational experience and media output fall short on telling more truthful narratives of Indigenous histories and lived experiences, through a tight selection of new art in the Gun Show, Fragua raises and provokes narratives of Indigenous subjugation and erasure, annihilation and terrorization, disenfranchisement and hypercapitalism. Fragua’s work offers an antidote to white supremacy with urgency, immediacy, and intention.

Fragua’s visions manifest as full-bodied sensory experiences that engage the eyes, heart, and mind. Generative of social change and oriented toward future dialogues, Fragua seeks to reawaken Native communities’ rights to assemble, self-determination, and freedom of speech, critical reminders of basic constitutional rights. With a healthy dose of Punk ethos, Fragua’s Gun Show stages insurgencies and direct actions through recognizable signs, symbols, and wordplay and jolts us from our historical amnesia and state of lethargy. Rattling the cage is not enough for Fragua, who says, “You need a taser these days.” His lean, angular letters, bold color stories, and sardonic re-appropriations of conglomerate logos offer solutions — visual “reverse Uno cards” — for reconciling with the unequal ecological burdens Indigenous communities endure in the razing of our planet, and for triumphing over generations of inherited cultural traumas. Fragua’s interventions penetrate the public sphere — moving us, shifting us, and urging us all to stand up and answer back.

– Karen Kramer

Native American and Oceanic Art and Culture Director, Peabody Essex Museum