The Silent Distress

The Silent Distress

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Event Location

Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) Auditorium 103, 1100 E. James E. Rogers Way (one building east of the museum)

A presentation by multi-media artist Augustine Fernando Lopez (Pascua Yaqui)
6:30-7:30 p.m.
FREE and open to the public
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The Silent Distress is a multimedia project focusing on two epidemics affecting Native Nations: murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, and the discoveries of unmarked graves of children who were forced into the government-run Indian Boarding School system. Lopez's artwork reflects the distress felt by Native communities over these issues.

A reception and viewing of photographs at the Arizona State Museum will follow the talk. This program and reception are paid for by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

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About the artistAugustine Fernando Lopez is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson, AZ. He was born and raised in Old Pascua Village and moved to New Pascua as a foster child when he was twelve years old. As an adult, he joined the United States Army as a reservist and during that time, he served as a police dispatcher, police dispatch supervisor, and became a police officer for the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Nation. In 2004, he left police work and joined the Unites States Army as an active-duty soldier. He was deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005 and 2007-2008 as a sergeant conducting convoy security. in 2010, he was retired medically. In 2016, he went back to school. He is now a senior at the University of Arizona and as an artist, he has been working on issues such as the missing and murdered Indigenous people epidemic, P.T.S.D., and the U.S./Mexico border. His goal is to complete his bachelors degree in studio art and American Indian studies. As an artist, it is his intention to continue his work nationally and globally. Doing so, he feels that he can make a difference for his people and all Native nations.


Event Contacts

Darlene Lizarraga