Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Will Wison: Auto Immune Response Research Facility

May 27 – August 31, 2011, Allan Houser Art Park

Will Wilson’s installation of a hogan greenhouse is a living and sustainable sculpture (from his Auto Immune Response series), was installed in MoCNA’s outdoor Allan Houser Art Park. Through this project, Wilson sees the sculpture as a pollinator, creating formats for exchange and production that question and challenge the social, cultural and environmental systems that surround us.

Since 2005, Wilson has been creating a series of artworks entitled Auto Immune Response, which takes as its subject the quixotic relationship between a post-apocalyptic Diné (Navajo) man and the devastatingly beautiful, but toxic environment he inhabits. The series is an allegorical investigation of the extraordinarily rapid transformation of Indigenous lifeways, the dis-ease it has caused, and strategies of response that enable cultural survival.

William (Will) Wilson is a Diné photographer who spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation. Born in San Francisco in 1969, Wilson’s complex and nuanced oeuvre fully-developed while studying photography at The University of New Mexico (MFA, writing a dissertation on the photography of Milton S. Snow), as well as during his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College. In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum and in 2010 was awarded a prestigious grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Wilson is also an educator and has held visiting professorships at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Oberlin College, and the University of Arizona. Currently, Wilson manages The National Vision Project, a Ford Foundation funded initiative at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM.