a snow-covered Kivalina older woman in a hood and blue patchwork coat.

How We See Ourselves

a young Yalatec girl who are descendants from Oaxaca City, Mexico
Melina Monserrat, yalaltec descendent at San Juan Celebration in Oaxaca City. June, 2018. | Photo credit: Citlali Fabian

Featuring: Brian Adams (Inupiaq), Russel Daniels (Diné & Ho-Chunk), Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock), Citlali Fabián (Yalalteca, Zapoteca), Kapulei Flores (Hawaiian), Kalen Goodluck (Three Affiliated Tribes & Navajo & Tsimshian), Tailyr Irvine (Confederated Salish & Kootenai), Pat Kane (Timiskaming First Nation), Yael Martínez (Nahua/Mēxihcah), Jenny Irene Miller (Inupiaq), Pamela J. Peters (Diné/Navajo), Ryan RedCorn (Osage), Josué Rivas (Mēxihcah & Otomi), Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Camille Seaman (Shinnecock), Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena & Jewish), Joe Whittle (Caddo & Delaware), Kiliii Yuyan (Nanai/Hezhen)

Presented by

Natives Photograph and United Photo Industries

 

Curated by

Josue Rivas + Daniella Zalcman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printing by

Duggal

Photographic depictions of Turtle Island (known to many as North America) have historically been controlled by non-native image-makers. From Edward Curtis to Jimmy Nelson, most of the past century’s documentation has routinely misrepresented, or exotically depicted the Indigenous people we see.

How We See Ourselves is a group exhibition with some of the thirty members of Natives Photograph, showing a deeper and more nuanced depiction of Indigenous life. This is an inside look at the communities, families, homes, and landscapes of this continent, created by artists using their cameras to reclaim their narrative.

Thumbnail photo credit: Brian Adams

Make sure to also check out related Talk A New Vision of the Indigenous Narrative.

ORGANIZATION BIO

Natives Photograph is a space to elevate the work of Indigenous visual journalists and bring balance to the way we tell stories about Indigenous people and their spaces. Our mission is to support the media industry in hiring more Indigenous photographers to tell the stories of their communities and to reflect on how we tell these stories.

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