Stereotypes Aren't Real
On Thursday, Aug. 18, head to 516 ARTS to hear the photographer Matika Wilbur discuss her project documenting Native America, Project 562: Photographing Contemporary Native America. Her work is focused on addressing stereotypes in the portrayal of Native Americans and the unapologetic appropriation of Native imagery in the western world. She hopes to educate viewers to look beyond the typical 19th century depictions of Native people, to see their thriving contemporary culture. Her photos are also in the current 516 ARTS exhibition As We See It: Contemporary Native American Photographers, on display until September 17. This artist talk begins at 6pm. FREE. (Robin Babb)
Thursday Aug 18, 2016
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Matika Wilbur discusses her photography project documenting Native American stereotypes.
ARTIST TALK: Matika Wilbur
Project 562: Photographing Contemporary Native America
at 516 ARTS
Directed by Matika Wilbur, Project 562 is a photography project documenting Native America and is dedicated to addressing the stereotypes surrounding Indian Country. By exposing the tenacity and richness of contemporary Native life, Project 562 will educate beyond the stereotypical 19th century image, encouraging a global shift in the consciousness toward Native Americans.
The project is meant to drive conversations about the ubiquitous appropriation of Native American culture and to discuss how U.S. citizens can evolve beyond the co-opting of indigenous images and traditions.
Matika Wilbur, Swinomish and Tulalip (Washington), and one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading photographers. The insight, depth and passion with which she explores contemporary Native identity and experience are communicated through her silver gelatin photographs.
Matika’s work is currently part of the exhibition As We See It: Contemporary Native American Photographers, which considers how contemporary Native American photography can communicate personal perspectives on identity and place. The exhibition is curated by Suzanne Fricke and India Rael Young, and is on view at 516 ARTS through September 17, 2016. The exhibition and accompanying programming is part of PhotoSummer, a collaborative initiative that strives to represent and actively promote historical and contemporary photography in New Mexico.