IFAM Looks East
The Indigenous Fine Art Market expands beyond the Santa Fe art mecca to create awareness of and opportunity for Native artists and their work.
BY TARA GATEWOOD (ISLETA PUEBLO/DINÉ)
This spring, Santa Fe’s Indigenous Fine Art Market (IFAM) is looking eastward—to Connecticut.
The two-year-old organization, which sprang up as an alternative to the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, will help Native artists and potential buyers connect at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center through an event called the Indigenous Fine Art Market East, or IFAM East, May 20-22. This includes a kickoff IFAM Glow Party featuring Native music and food on May 20.
Tailinh Agoyo (Narragansett/Blackfeet), IFAM director of marketing and creative services, says IFAM was created out of a need for an art celebration that was different from what is traditionally seen with SWAIA’s Indian Market and similar Native art shows in the Southwest.
“It’s important that different cultures are being represented in the Native art world. Our cultures are so diverse and our histories are so rich individually. So the opportunity to be able to share that through art and music is really an incredible one,” Agoyo says.
The mission of IFAM is to celebrate Native art and culture through marketplaces where artists can sell directly to buyers. IFAM East, a partnership between IFAM, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and the Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance, will bring music, literature, film, performance art and installation art—all of the elements IFAM is becoming known for—to this area.