Our People, Our Land, Our Images

Opportunities to view indigenous peoples through the eyes of indigenous photographers are rare and recent. This photographic exhibition features the work of indigenous artists from North America, Peru, Iraq, and New Zealand. The exhibition is distinctive in its historical reach, including newly discovered 19th-century trailblazers, members of the next generation of emerging photographers, and well established contemporary practitioners.

Our People, Our Land, Our Images has been carefully constructed as a first person, indigenous account—this curatorial approach is reflected in the choices of photographers and their subjects, the catalogue essayists, and thoughtfully designed exhibition collateral. Reflecting contemporary trends, the photographs vary in style, from straightforward documentary accounts to aesthetically altered images combining overlays and collage. They stand united, however, in how they convey their makers’ connections to the land, community, and traditions. Artists’ statements, which appear in the catalogue and on the gallery walls, convey the plurality of the indigenous voices and their concerns.

Ultimately, the multiplicity of perspectives represented by the exhibition and its texts sustains an open-ended experience that will actively engage audiences as they analyze how “the camera, in the hands of indigenous visionaries, becomes a tool or weapon that possesses the power to confront and deconstruct stereotypes, politics, and histories.” Our People, Our Land, Our Images provides insight into the variations in and history of bicultural identity. Further, the exhibition demonstrates the longevity and continuing vitality of native traditions of photography and answers the overdue and continuing need to expand the knowledge of indigenous self-presentation in photography.

The C. N. Gorman Museum at the University of California, Davis, originally organized this exhibition in conjunction with a conference for international indigenous photographers held at the museum. Veronica Passalacqua, curator at the C.N. Gorman Museum, is the guest curator. For the past 15 years, Passalacqua has been active in the field of Native North American art as a writer, curator, and scholar. Most recently, Passalacqua facilitated the donation/repatriation of a significant private Lakota collection of artifacts to the Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum, Pine Ridge Reservation. Previous curatorial work includes exhibitions at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, England; the Navajo Nation Museum, Window Rock, AZ; and the Barbican Art Gallery, London.

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Availability

Our People, Our Land, Our Images is touring June 2011 through May 2018. The dates below reflect seven-week exhibition periods. Dates are subject to change; please contact MoreArt@maaa.org or (800) 473-3872 x208/209 for current availability.

  • June 16–August 11, 2011 Museum of Nebraska Art
    Kearney, NE
    booked
  • September 1–October 20, 2011 Baker Arts Center
    Liberal, KS
    booked
  • November 10, 2011–March 16, 2012 Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University
    Charleston, IL
    booked
  • June 16–August 14, 2012 Southeast Missouri State University
    Cape Girardeau, MO
    booked
  • September 1–October 20, 2012 Kansas City Library
    Kansas City, MO
    booked
  • November 10, 2012–January 7, 2013 Mari Sandoz HIgh Plains Center
    Chadron, NE
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2013 Flint Hills Discovery Center
    Manhattan, KS
    booked
  • April 6–August 11, 2013 Sordoni Art Gallery
    Wilkes-Barre, PA
    booked
  • September 1–October 20, 2013 Refurbishment
    Kansas City, MO
    booked
  • November 10, 2013–January 7, 2014 Roland Park Country School
    Baltimore, MD
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2014 Wayland Baptist University
    Plainview, TX
    booked
  • April 6–May 25, 2014 Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma
    Norman, OK
    booked
  • June 20–August 10, 2014 Museum of the Southwest
    Midland, TX
    booked
  • September 1–October 20, 2014 Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council
    Texarkana, TX
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2015 Humboldt State University
    Arcata, CA
    booked
  • April 6–August 4, 2015 Palmer Museum of Art
    Palmer, AK
    booked
  • September 1–November 21. 2015 Sheldon Art Galleries
    St. Louis, MO
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2016 Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
    Duncan, OK
    booked
  • April 6–May 25, 2016 Refurbishment
    Kansas City, MO
    booked
  • June 16–August 11, 2016 Nebraska State Historical Society
    Lincoln, NE
    booked
  • September 1, 2016–January 7, 2017 Oklahoma State University Museum of Art
    Stillwater, OK
    booked
  • January 28–May 25, 2017 Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University
    Hamilton, NY
    pending
  • July 15–October 22, 2017 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
    Kalamazoo, MI
    booked
  • November 10, 2017–January 7, 2018
    available
  • January 28–March 16, 2018
    available
  • April 6–May 25, 2018 The Chickasaw
    Ada, OK
    pending

Exhibition Details

51 historical and contemporary photographs from 26 indigenous artists

  • Content

  • Curated By

    Veronica Passalacqua, Curator/Museum Specialist, C. N. Gorman Museum, Davis, CA

  • Organized By

    C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California, Davis, CA

  • Out-of-Region Rental Fee

    $4800

  • In-Region Rental Fee

    $2400 before 7/1/17 and $3360 after 7/1/17

  • Duration

    7-week display

  • Shipping

    Common Carrier

  • Running Feet

    200

  • Square Feet

    -

  • Security

    Limited

  • Number of Crates/Total Weight

    4 crates/950 pounds

  • Insurance

    The exhibition is fully insured by ExhibitsUSA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.