July 2017 – BELGRADE, MONTANA
Bently Spang’s Modern Warrior Series: War Shirt #6 – Waterways
War Shirt #6 – Waterways features 27 video and still screens in a 22 ft. long x 8 ft. high welded-steel framework in the shape of a war shirt.
Dry Creek Schoolhouse, Belgrade, Montana
Mountain Time Arts commissioned artist Bently Spang to produce a new, multi-screen video installation. Located in the Dry Creek School, a one-room school house built in 1902, Spang’s project will focus on the importance of wetlands in the Gallatin Watershed.
“I’ve grown up with this water, I know where much of it begins and ends. My relatives in the past who sacrificed so much to secure our homeland for us made sure of that. It is out of their lived experience—handed forward orally, visually and physically—that my understanding of this place and our water has grown and continues to grow. They brilliantly embedded that knowledge in forms like the war shirt in a visual language that I have explored for years. It is worn knowledge, lived in knowledge and danced in knowledge.”
“My intention is not to re-create an actual war shirt but, as in past work in this series, to use the conceptual framework of this form and expand the scale to signify the importance of our water to my homeland. “ Bently Spang
Tours of a restored wetlands at Pheasant Farms were led by Naturalists. Guides spoke from both a western science and Native American science perspective on the importance of wetlands to the health and abundance of our water and the bird, plant and aquatic life that depend on them.