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In Conversation: Will Wilson

Diné (Navajo) photographer Will Wilson’s ongoing Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange project is dedicated to creating a contemporary vision of Native North America.  

Through the exhibition, Wilson responds directly to the work of 20th-century photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868–1952). Curtis is known for his 20-volume The North American Indian (1907-1930), which was created to capture the supposed vanishing race of Native Americans. Curtis’ photographs simplified and romanticized Native American life. In contrast, Wilson has created rich, complex portraits that center Indigenous perspectives.  

In Conversation explores the relationship of science, identity, agency, and representation in photography while also considering the lasting legacy and stereotypes created by historical images of Indigenous peoples in North America.

Generous support provided by Art Bridges.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
1327 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996

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