Josué Rivas
Josué Rivas
Josué Rivas
Josué Rivas

Featuring: Andrea Garcia (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mexican), Tekpatl Kuauhtzin (Nahua/Cucapa), Joey Montoya (Lipan Apache Band Of Texas), Kelli Moody (Warm Springs/Yakama/Lummi/Musqueam), Cheyenne Phoenix (Diné/Northern Paiute), Paul Wilson (Klamath), Ernesto Yerena (Yaqui/Chicano), Isabella Zizi (Northern Cheyenne/Arikara/Muskogee Creek)

As an Indigenous storyteller, I’m developing a new method of photography that transforms the so-called subject into a collaborator. Each participant enters a safe space in which they can see themselves, and engage with their own image. Instead of me playing the conventional role of photographer, I step back and embody the role of facilitator. Each individual uses a shutter-release and can view themselves in a monitor across from them. They make and choose their own image, and then write a legacy statement on the photograph about how they want future generations to remember them.

This reminds us all that we have ancestors behind us, and one day we’ll be ancestors too. For instance, when you look at historical images of Indigenous peoples, we never got to hear from the people in the image because their true voices were silenced. The connection with future generations was severed, and we are robbed of their stories. The Standing Strong Project aims to bring a just and dignifying lens to our people.


  • Standing Strong Project

    Standing Strong Project

    The Standing Strong Project is an ongoing, multi-media, and community-based project that aims to uplift Indigenous peoples in reclaiming their narrative. Since the advent of photography, Indigenous peoples have been subjects of the Western lens. From the work of Edward S. Curtis, to the work of contemporary photographers, only one side of the story has been told. Today, we have the opportunity to reinvent the way we see ourselves.

The Power Of Telling Your Own Story

 archive : 2020

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Josué Rivas

Presented by: Standing Strong Project
  • Standing Strong Project

Supported by:

  • Photoville


View Location Details Brooklyn Bridge Park – Fulton Ferry Landing

Old Fulton St & Furman St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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How did the photographer and the person in the photograph collaborate to make these images?

How is text used in these images? How does the text impact your understanding of the portrait?

Can an image be a vehicle for healing? How so?

How might you define the phrase “image sovereignty”?

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