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In Conversation: Will Wilson
Will Wilson’s contemporary exploration of self-representation through the science of photography and digital media in response to the continuing impact of Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian (1907-1930).
About the Exhibition
In Conversation presents the works of Diné (Navajo) photographer Will Wilson (b. 1969) and Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952). Wilson explores the relationship of science, identity, agency, and representation in photography while also considering the lasting legacy of historical photographs on the representation of Native peoples in North America. Wilson responds directly to the work of Curtis, who is best known for his 20-volume The North American Indian (1907-1930), which was created as a way to capture the supposed vanishing race of Native Americans while also helping to shape public perception of Native peoples. Wilson’s ongoing Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX) addresses these misconceptions through his use of historical photographic techniques and emphasis on a reciprocal relationship with the sitters, which allows for agency over all aspects of their presentation. Wilson pushes the CIPX project even further into the contemporary with the inclusion of “Talking Tintypes,” which uses AR technology in a convenient app to bring photographs to life. In Conversation is a contemporary exploration of the science of photography but also a response to the historical impact and importance of (self-) representation.
Approx. 1,500 sq ft, 200 lin feet
Availability & Touring
August 23, 2021-November 19, 2021
July 9, 2022-September 11, 2022
October 28, 2022-February 12, 2023
March 1, 2023-June 3, 2023Committed
August 18, 2023-December 2, 2023