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Having a deep connection to my Diné traditions and modern experiences, I create art that bridges these two worlds. My identity is rooted in the land and teachings of the earth. These elements bring a sense of peace, reverence, and hózhó. With my art, I aspire to share these ideas and promote healing and unity with Mother Earth.


We acknowledge and pay our respects to the ancestral stewards of this sacred land we reside on. This land has been a significant crossroad for many Indigenous people and their ancestors, and we honor their presence, spirit, and memory. We continue to recognize and appreciate their invaluable contributions to our communities.

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This video installation is a tribute to my ancestral connection with the land. I walked repeatedly on the land in a meditative and ritualistic pattern in the four sacred directions: North, East, South, and West. The spherical symbol represents the contours and movements of the land and water on Earth, while the center is a personal offering of corn to Mother Earth.


Andrés Cediel, Videographer,  Erin and Dion Tapahe, Assistants

LOCATION: Monument Valley, Arizona

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Begin each day by welcoming the new dawn with prayer and offerings of corn pollen in each direction, starting with the East and proceeding to the South, West, and North. This connection with Mother Earth is an essential part of my identity. The represents the journey through the traditional and contemporary worlds.
4 WORKS, 24” x 24”

PRAYER/CHANT (English Translation)

Mother Earth

We are on Mother Earth,

We are all here,

To the East,

To the South,

To the West,

To the North,

We Walk in Beauty,

We Walk in Beauty,

We Walk in Beauty,

We Walk in Beauty.




This inspiring project involves people from the United States and Canada to actively acknowledge and honor the Indigenous caretakers of the land. By collecting soil samples from various locations, the project embodies the diversity of people, places, and communities across North America, emphasizing the importance of land to all of us. It succeeded in bringing people to focus on the land, its caretakers, and foremost, creating a sense of unity and healing.

"I think land is a person’s personal history. All the places you spend in your lifetime, especially during your childhood. Mine was spent in the woods of Oregon and we had total freedom to roam. I feel a strong attachment to those memories."

- Regina Padula




Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA

39.9498° N, 75.1490° W



Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

40.8183° N, 74.2251° W

Mohican and Munsee Lenape

Phenix City, AL

32.4890° N, 85.1188° W

Mvskoke and Hitchiti

- Teresa Charles


Intermountain Indian School, Brigham City, UT

41.5102° N, 112.0155° W


- Tori, Tom, Isaac Fairbanks


Fort McDowell, AZ

33.5820° N, 111.6623° W

Hohokam and Yavapai Apache


Mamaroneck, NY

40.9458° N, 73.7475° W

Mohican, Wappinger, Munsee Lenape, and Schaghticoke

- Michael, Linda and Chelsea Gibbs


Lower Mars Hill, Flagstaff, AZ

35.1983° N, 111.6513° W

Hopitutskwa, Pueblos, Ndee/Nnēē:, and Hohokam

- Jonah Graham


Howe, IN

41.7447° N, 85.3277° W

Peoria, Bodwéwadmi, and Kaskaskia


Mount Fisher, Hot Springs, AR

34.5166° N, 93.0487° W

Osage, O-ga-xpa Ma-zhoⁿ, and Caddo

– Nicole Alldredge


Richfield, UT

38.7725° N, 112.0841° W

Timpanogos, Nuwuvi, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱

- Aleta Goodwin

"In Richfield, Utah there is a dormitory for high school students from the Navajo Reservation. I worked as a tutor there for seven years tutoring Navajo youth with algebra, English, and every other high school subject they needed assistance with. I developed many friendships through the years and have been “adopted” by some of the students and their families. Some have spent their summers in my home. I have grown to love the Diné, The People. I know that some students struggled living in a white man’s world and being true to their native culture. I tried to help them understand that they can have the best that both worlds have to offer. This is a powerful installation project that will bring a consciousness, that is long overdue, to a highly polarized society that has failed to recognize the Native American voice. Before there were Spanish explorers, the white man, and slaves from Africa on this land, there were the Native Americans. This was their land first. What a powerful reminder this is."

- Aleta Goodwin


Gila River, Phoenix, AZ

33.2750° N, 111.9786° W

Keli Akimel Oʼotham, O’odham Jeweḍ, Akimel O’odham, and Hohokam


Nags Head, NC

35.9805° N, 75.6354° W

Roanoke and Lumbee

- Megan Rowley Stern

"I want to recognize those who have come before me on this land."

- Megan Rowley Stern

Minnetonka, MN

44.9592° N, 93.4484° W

Očhéthi Šakówiŋ and Wahpekute

- Patricia McInerny

"My husband and I are very interested in Native American history and culture. I’m drawn to and admire the reverence to Mother Earth in the culture and wish the rest of us would carry that same respect."

- Patricia McInerny

Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY

40.6920° N, 73.9927° W

Canarsie and Munsee Lenape

- Kate Meyer and Amber Finley

"We participated because we want to deepen our connection to the land our school is on. We have recently crafted a land acknowledgement statement as a school but want to have our kids think about it more deeply and recognize connection both past and present. We spent some time thinking about the significance of soil and the symbolism. We are also working to build ties between local indigenous groups and our school community. I, Kate, personally think your photographs are also just stunning and love your idea that art heals."

- Kate Meyer and Amber Finley


Sutter Buttes, Sacramento Valley, CA

39.2580°N, 121.7995°W

Maidu and Wintun

- Joanne M. Savage


Provo, UT

40.1403° N, 111.3919° W

Timpanogos and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ 

- Russell Ricks

"I am privileged to honor the original caretakers who managed the land with respect, dignity and care."

- Russell Ricks


Denver, CO

39.7567° N, 105.0042° W

Tséstho’e, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, hinono’eino’ biito’owu’ and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Hunters Point, AZ

35.6301° N, 109.1021° W

Diné, Pueblos, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱, and Shiwinna

- Jim Sam (In Remembrance)


Lincoln, NE

40.81288° N, 96.78865° W

 Jiwere, Pâri, and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ


Jackson Hole, WY

43.5176° N, 110.6931° W

Newe Sogobia, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Shoshone-Bannock and Tséstho’e


Parowan Gap, Parowan, UT

37.85100° N, 112.8510° W


- Season Atwater


Evanston, WY

41.4374° N, 111.0699° W

Newe Sogobia, Shoshone-Bannock, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Higher Mars Hill, Flagstaff, AZ

35.1983° N, 111.6513° W

Hopitutskwa, Pueblos, Ndee/Nnēē:, and Hohokam 

- Jonah Graham


Sheboygan, WI

43.6941° N, 87.7078° W

Bodwéwadmi, Myaamia, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Oma͞eqnomenew-ahkew, and Hoocąk

- Regina Padula

Des Moines, IA

41.6140° N, 93.7803° W

Báxoje Máyaⁿ, oθaakiiwaki‧hina‧ki, Meškwahki·aša·hina, and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ


Banff, AB, Canada

51.1034° N, 115.3411° E

Ktunaxa ɁamakɁis, Ĩyãħé Nakón mąkóce, Niitsítpiis-stahkoii, Niitsítapi, Tsuut’ina, and Michif Piyii

- Tori, Tom, Isaac Fairbanks


Scottsdale, AZ

33.4660° N, 111.8990° W

O’odham Jeweḍ, Akimel O’odham, and Hohokam

- Loretta Sam


Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park, WY

44.6468° N, 110.4590° W

Newe Sogobia, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Apsáalooke and Tséstho’e


Sandy, UT

40.5658° N, 111.8644° W

Timpanogos, Newe Sogobia, Goshute, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱

- Karen Samuelson

"My great-grandfather and grandfather were ranchers in the Draper/Sandy, Utah area. My family has benefited for several generations from the land we lived on then and now. We no longer live on land my grandfathers owned, but we do live on land previously occupied by Native Americans. I feel grateful to be able to acknowledge those people, the Goshute, Ute, Paiute, and Shoshone, as well as tribes all across the American continent."

- Karen Samuelson


Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV

36.0112° N, 114.7706° W

Nüwüwü and Nuwuvi


Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park, WY

43.8387° N, 110.6172° W

Newe Sogobia, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Shoshone-Bannock and Tséstho’e


Marqum Park, Portland, OR

45.5029° N, 122.6922° W

Stl'pulmsh, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla

- Aubrey Johnson


Bears Ears, Mexican Hat, UT

37.1954° N, 109.8695° W

Diné, Pueblos, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Lake Superior, Madeline Island, WI

46.8135° N, 90.6913° W


- Robert Buffalo, Ivy Vainio


Coalmine, NM

35.4213.7° N, 109.0004° W

Diné, Pueblos, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱, and Shiwinna

- Susie Tapahe (In Remembrance)


Salt Flats, UT

40.7404° N, 113.8522° W

Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Nüümü

Ann Arbor, MI

42.1749° N, 83.4480° W

Peoria, Anishinabewaki, Bodwéwadmi, Wyandot, and Meškwahki·aša·hina

- Lissa Spitz

"I love the jingle dress project and want to help. I believe we need to rematriate the land and live by indigenous ways, to let the earth heal."

- Lisa Spitz


Threemile Creek, Perry, UT

41.4628° N, 112.0483° W


- Rachel White

"When my family arrived at Threemile Creek in the 19th century, it was not uninhabited, and was part of the territories of the Ute and Shoshone tribes. It has since been farmed by seven generations of my relatives who grow peaches and sour pie cherries on the benches of historic Lake Bonneville, using the water from the creek that drains a small area of the Wasatch Mountains to the wetlands of the Great Salt Lake. The Lake level rose in the 1980s and half of the farm became part of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. When I was a child, there was a grinding stone on the porch of the farmhouse that fascinated me, and later disappeared. I was a teenager before I became aware that the native people who had lived at this location from time immemorial are still nearby. Since then, I have sought out information about indigenous people and their history, including the horrific boarding school that operated in Brigham City. The white painted ""I"" for Indian School still looms over the mountain at the entrance to Box Elder Canyon. Over the years, I have looked for opportunities to act in solidarity with native people, and have provided material support to the Western Shoshone Defense Project, and the restoration of Boa Ogoi, the site of the Bear River Massacre."

- Rachel White


Taggert Lake, Grand Teton National Park, WY

43.6936° N, 110.7340° W

Newe Sogobia, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Shoshone-Bannock, and Tséstho’e


Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO

39.7419° N, 105.0194° W

Tséstho’e, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


West Yellowstone, MT

44.6529° N, 111.0624° W

Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Shoshone-Bannock, and Tséstho’e


Washington, DC

38.9072° N, 77.0369° W

Piscataway and Nacotchtank

- Cathaleen Flake

"It was an honor to participate, because I only know about the Natives Americans in Arizona where I grew up. I am sadly lacking the knowledge of the East Coast Native Americans whose land I am living on today. It was an equally good way to help a friend and further my own education."

- Cathleen Flake


Tribal Park and Veterans Memorial, Window Rock, AZ

35.6808° N, 109.0493° W

Diné, Pueblos, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Shiprock, Shiprock, NM

36.6876° N, 108.8365° W

Diné, Pueblos, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Surprise, AZ

33.8262° W, 112.4131° W

O’odham Jeweḍ, Akimel O’odham, and Hohokam


Round Rock, AZ

96.4695° N, 109.5272° W

Diné, Pueblos, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Lukachukai, AZ

36.4518° N, 109.1685° W

Diné, Pueblos, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Gibbon River, Yellowstone National Park, MT

44.39164° N, 110.46173° W

Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Shoshone-Bannock, and Tséstho’e

Central Park, New York City, NY

40.7664° N, 73.9767° W

Mohican, Wappinger, and Munsee Lenape


Atlanta, GA

33.7515° N, 84.3535° W


- Carol De Paoli

"As a Canadian grappling with the tragic history and continued oppression of the First Peoples of the land by colonizers, it is important to take action to understand this truth. Participating in this project is a step towards reconciliation of these actions in a manner that elevates Indigenous cultures, traditional healing, and history. Land has provided a foundation for me to grow personally and professionally-I want to acknowledge the stability and security this has provided me in my life but also the larger role the land, water, air, flora and fauna play in the health of not only the earth, but of ourselves, our communities and our societies."

- Carol De Paoli


Sublimity, OR

44.8296° N, 122.7945° W

Cayuse, Umatilly, Walla Walla, Kalapuya, Santiam, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

- Aubrey Johnson

"The earth holds memory. In order to understand and heal our present, we have to embrace that history. I'm very proud of being from the Pacific Northwest, and Indigenous history strongly informs the names of cities and counties -but not culture and legislation-at least as much as it should have. I grew up in Camas, Washington. I only learned this year that camas is a plant often used in traditional herbal healing, and my town used (the name) to be a place where the plant flourished. But not anymore. In third grade we took a field trip to learn about carving canoes from the Chinook Nation. This year they are fighting for federal recognition, which I didn't even realize was missing. It is irresponsible and harmful to pluck names from history and people from lands, while refusing rights in the present."

- Aubrey Johnson


Buffalo Pass, Chuska Mountains, AZ

36.4683° N, 109.1525° W

Diné, Pueblos, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Oakley, UT

40.7147° N, 111.3007° W

Timpanogos, Newe Sogobia, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱

- Lorin Hansen

"Land is a sacred mother who sustains life; a womb for seeds to grow inside. The land is the ancestors communicating with me through the soles of my feet when I dance upon her."

- Lorin Hansen


Mesa Verde, CO

37.3505° N, 108.5322° W

Diné, Pueblos, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Phoenix Indian Boarding School, Phoenix, AZ

33.4988° N, 112.0686° W

O’odham Jeweḍ, Akimel O’odham, and Hohokam


Second Mesa, AZ

35.8123° N, 110.4978° W

Diné, Nuwuvi, Hopitutskwa, Pueblos, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱

- Shon Quannie (In Remembrance)


Monument Valley, UT

36.9570° N, 110.0728° W

Diné, Nuwuvi, Hopitutskwa, Pueblos, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


East Rim of Grand Canyon, The Gap, AZ

36.1870° N 111.2730° W

Diné, Hopitutskwa, Pueblos, and Havasu Baaja

- Pauline Martin Sanchez


Mesquite, NV

36.7862° N, 114.1426° W



Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

33.4726° N, 112.0717° W

O’odham Jeweḍ, Akimel O’odham, and Hohokam


Mingus Mountain, Prescott Valley, AZ

34.7089° N, 112.1135° W

Hohokam and Yavapai Apache

- Stanford Lake

"I participated in this project to acknowledge the original people of the area. The land is a historical log for many of the native people through oral storytelling from one generation to another generation. I believe it's important to honor the first people of this land."

- Stanford Lake


Baltimore, MD

39.2952° N, 76.6137° W

Susquehannock and Piscataway


Clover Pass, Ketchikan, AK

55.5114° N, 131.7253° W

Lingít Aaní and Dënéndeh

- Gil Aegerter

"I grew up in Southeast Alaska, but only after I became an adult did I realize how my life had been enhanced by the cultures of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples. I'm glad to be able to recognize them as the original settlers of Alaska."

- Gil Aegerter


Grant Park, Chicago, IL

41.8774° N, 87.6205° W

Peoria, Bodwéwadmi, Myaamia, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kaskaskia, and Kiikaapoi


Sanpete County, Fairview, UT

39.3744° N, 111.2618° W

Timpanogos and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱

- Joseph Ostraff


Hualapai Mountain, Kingman, AZ

35.1922° N, 113.9033° W



Hill Air Force Base, Clearfield, UT

41.1097° N, 111.9827° W

Newe Sogobia, Goshute, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱

- Tom, Tori, Isaac Fairbanks

"We chose to participate in this project because we believe in what it stands for: that being connected with the land is healing, and that relationships can and must be healed. Also because of the reminder that Indigenous people were here first.”

- Tori Fairbanks


Queen Creek, AZ

33.2578° N, 111.5558° W

O’odham Jeweḍ, Akimel O’odham, and Hohokam

- Darryl and Katherine Sam


Tuba City, AZ

36.1246° N, 111.2333° W

Diné, Nuwuvi, Hopitutskwa, Pueblos, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Hobble Creek Canyon, Springville, UT

40.1987° N, 111.4038° W

Timpanogos and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Fayetteville, AR

36.0627° N, 94.1606° W

Osage, O-ga-xpa Ma-zhoⁿ, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, and Caddo

- Anika Alldredge Brown


Kailua Kona, HI

19.6419° N, 155.9962° W

Nā moku ʻehā

- Leilani Bascom


Berkeley, CA

37.5218° N, 122.1622° W

Ohlone, Miwok, Muwekma and Confederated Villages of Lisjan

- Andres Cediel


Ardsley, NY

41.0107° N, 73.8437° W

Schaghticoke, Wappinger, and Munsee

- Miki Nabetani


Vancouver, WA

45.6280° N, 122.6739° W

Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Stl’pulmsh, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Multnomah, and Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

- Amy Brown


Nez Perce Creek, Yellowstone National Park, WY

44.3450° N 110.4957° W

Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Salish, and Shoshone-Bannock


Spider Rock, Canyon De Chelly, AZ

36.1040° N, 109.3567° W

Diné, Nuwuvi, Hopitutskwa, Pueblos, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱

- Sharon Tapahe


Glade Park, CO

38.5447° N, 108.4389° W

Diné and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱

- Pamela Anderson

"I have been actively participating in anti-racism work which includes not only understanding and undoing my own racism related to people but also understanding the harm we have caused Indigenous Peoples. The land acknowledgment has been a big part of that as well as reading and exposing myself to known and unknown atrocities. I came across the Jingle Dress Project during the pandemic while watching YouTube videos from Natives React and through following them, found out about Eugene's work and have been closely following Erin's running adventures. I love this area of Colorado and wanted to participate in this project to be part of a bigger community."

- Pamela Anderson


Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Scottsdale, AZ

33.4692° N, 111.8650° W

O’odham Jeweḍ, Akimel O’odham, and Hohokam


Rexburg, ID

43.4840° N 111.4809° W

Newe Sogobia, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Shoshone-Bannock

- Tricia Galer

"This is soil from our fourth-grade class collected at Madison Middle School in Rexburg, Idaho. This land is important to us because this is where we live and where we learn and where we make friends. We love our city because it is calm, safe, and has access to nature. We feel free outside and wish everyone could see the desert and the mountains that surround us. This place feels familiar to us and fits us. We spend so much time at our school. If you were a bird flying over our school, you’d see it was shaped like an airplane. You would also see the Snake River Plain where we live and breathe in the clean, cold air. We are learning about the Shoshone Bannock people in our class. They were the original caretakers of this land. We are grateful to them."

- Tricia Galer


Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat, UT

37.2351° N, 109.8151° W

Diné, Pueblos, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Death Valley, Baker, CA

35.2617° N, 116.0714° W

Newe Sogobia, Nuwuvi


San Clemente, CA

33.42697° N, 117.6119° W

Acjachemen and Payómkawichum

- Anderson Gould, Jr.

"I want to participate in this project because the County of San Diego has more Native American Indian reservations than any other county in the United States. San Diego County has nineteen federally recognized Indian reservations. Furthermore, in California, there are approximately 109 federally recognized American Indian tribal bands — that's more distinct tribes than in any other state. I was not aware of this until I started attending California State University San Marcos.

San Clemente, California is meaningful to me because I lived in this community for over twenty-two years. I experienced so much living here with my family, working, pursuing higher educational goals, coaching soccer, and basketball, and raising my son. The land is my sanctuary when I need to clear my head. I enjoy the trails and beaches either running, hiking or walking."

- Anderson Gould, Jr.


A Mountain, Tempe, AZ

33.4275° N, 111.9395° W

O’odham Jeweḍ, Akimel O’odham, and Hohokam

- Erin Tapahe


Carlisle Indian School, Carlisle, PA

40.2074° N, 77.1709° W


- Dion Tapahe


Walden, VT

44.5056° N, 72.2647° W

Wabanaki and N’dakina

- Victoria Patrick Zolnoski

"By the age of seven I knew my blood mother was incapable of caring for me. I spent all of my time outdoors and still do. I live in a small rural town surrounded by woods and fields where I listen to the natural world around me. My father was a wildlife biologist and in the 60’s he was concerned about some species being loss. He said to honor every creature because he was unsure what would be left when I was an old woman. I know I am on someone else’s land and wanted to participate because the earth and your art are so beautiful."

- Victoria P. Zolnoski


North Platte, NE

41.1026° N, 100.7245° W

Pâri, Tséstho’e, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, and Ndé Kónitsąąíí Gokíyaa


Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY

44.7331° N, 110.6984° W

Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Apsáalooke and Tséstho’e


Wikieup, AZ

34.7222° N, 113.6148° W



Lolo Pass, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, ID

46.6339° N, 114.5778° W

Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Ktunaxa ɁamakɁis, and Nimiipuu

- Mary Beth Cook

"This place on the pass between Montana and Idaho is sacred to me. I can feel the peace of the earth here and I can envision native people living here, traveling through here, and protecting this place. Winters are harsh and in Spring the area comes alive again--with delicate wildflowers and calming spring waters." 

- Mary Beth Cook


Navajo, NM

35.9524° N, 109.0306° W

Diné, Pueblos, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


Ox Bow, Grand Teton National Park, WY

43.8662° N, 110.5479° W

Newe Sogobia, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Shoshone-Bannock, and Tséstho’e


Elephant Butte, Monument Valley Tribal Park, AZ

37.0167° N, 109.8967° W

Diné Bikéyah, Hopitutskwa, Pueblos, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱


St. George, UT

37.1408° N, 113.4855° W

Nuwuvi and Pueblos


Las Vegas, NV

36.2715° N, 115.0523° W

Nüwüwü and Nuwuvi


California Trail, Wendover, NV

40.7406° N, 114.0727° W

Timpanogos and Goshute


Tables and Pedestals made by Wadsworth Design

Lighting and Video Installation by MVS Event Production

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