No sooner had the photographic process been created than its practitioners began turning their cameras on native peoples.
But in most cases this was an outsider's view of native culture. Rarely were cultures viewed through the eyes of indigenous photographers.
That lapse is corrected in the traveling exhibit Our People, Our Land, Our Images on display from September 1 through October 28, 2012 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
This exhibition features photographs by indigenous artists from North America, Peru, Iraq, and New Zealand. Included is newly-discovered work by 19th century trailblazers, well-established contemporary practitioners, and members of the next generation of emerging photographers.
Our People, Our Land, Our Images offers multiple approaches to its subjects as the camera, in the hands of indigenous visionaries, becomes a tool or weapon with the power to confront and deconstruct history, stereotypes, and politics. It provides insight into the variations in and history of bicultural identity and demonstrates the longevity and continuing vitality of native traditions of photography.
Our People, Our Land, Our Images originally was organized by curator Veronica Passalacqua for the C. N. Gorman Museum at the University of California-Davis.
This exhibit was made possible by the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Admission is free. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.