Opportunities to view indigenous peoples through the eyes of indigenous photographers are rare and recent. This photographic exhibition features works by indigenous artists from the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East. Our People, Our Land, Our Images is distinctive in its historical reach, including newly discovered nineteenth-century trailblazers, members of the next generation of emerging photographers, and established contemporary practitioners. Reflecting contemporary trends, the photographs vary in style, from straightforward documentary accounts to aesthetically altered images combining overlays and collage. However, the images stand united in exploring their creators’ connections to their land, community, and traditions. The multiplicity of perspectives represented by this exhibition and accompanying texts demonstrates the longevity and continuing vitality of native traditions of photography and answers the overdue and continued need to expand the knowledge of indigenous self-presentation in photography.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.