Sarah Biscarra Dilley (b. 1986, unceded Nisenan land) is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, writer, educator and member of the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash tribe currently residing in xučyun (Oakland), the unceded homeland of the Chochenyo Ohlone people.
Her interdisciplinary process is grounded in collaboration across experiences, communities, and place. Relating unceded land throughout nitspu tiłhin ktitʸu, the State of California, and places joined by shared water, her written and visual texts connect extractive industries, absent treaties, and enclosure to emphasize movement, resilience, sovereignty, and self-determination.
Her academic and visual work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Sites of engagement include: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, California Historical Society, University of California at Santa Barbara, SOMArts Cultural Center, First Peoples House at University of Victoria, Toronto Free Gallery, Open Engagement, Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane, QLD) and Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA).
While much of her foundations are shaped by body, land and the worlds in and around us, she began her undergraduate studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM), has a BA in Urban Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute, an MA in Native American Studies from University of California, Davis, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Native American Studies.
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