Emma Robbins has a passion for empowering Indigenous women. As Director of the Navajo Water Project, part of the human rights organization DigDeep Water, she is working to create infrastructure that brings clean running water to the one in three Navajo families without it. In addition to her water work, she is also the founder of The Chapter House, a new Indigenous arts space, currently all digital, but eventually will be a brick and mortar space on Tongva Land and on the Navajo Nation.
Robbins completed her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied Modern Latin American Art History in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a 2020 Aspen Institute Healthy Communities Fellow. Robbins splits her time between Los Angeles and the Navajo Nation.
Through her artwork, she strives to raise awareness about the lack of clean water on Native Nations and educate viewers about issues such as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis, representations and misrepresentations of Native Peoples, and broken treaties. She explores these themes through photography, installation, and the use of materials foraged from the Navajo Nation and other trips across the U.S. and abroad.