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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

Will Wilson. Eric Garcia Lopez, CIPX SFAI [i.e. Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange, Santa Fe Art Institute], 2021. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (58.00.00)

WILL WILSON. Eric Garcia Lopez, Citizen of Tarasco First Nation, Dancer, Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations. 2012

Will Wilson is a Diné photographer who spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation. In describing his photographs, Wilson wrote, “I am impatient with the way that American culture remains enamored of one particular moment in a photographic exchange between Euro-American and Aboriginal American societies: the decades from 1907 to 1930 when photographer Edward S. Curtis produced his magisterial opus The North American Indian. For many people even today, Native people remain frozen in time in Curtis photos. . . . I seek to do something different. I intend to resume the documentary mission of Curtis from the standpoint of a 21st century indigenous.”