Wendy Red Star: Decolonizing Photography
Wednesday, March 22, 6:30–8 pm
Lecture begins at 7 pm
North Building, Lower Level
Historical photography of Native people is widespread and many of these images become iconic and appropriated as part of American popular culture. But what is missing from our understanding of these photographs?
In this talk, artist Wendy Red Star will discuss the evolution of her Crow history project, and its relation to the documentation of the 1873 and 1880 Crow delegations, and representations of Crow Chiefs. Through her artistic intervention and annotation, her presentation will also address issues of identity, representation, and reclamation, as well as the relationships of this project to contemporary Native America.
Artist Wendy Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance.
An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty, and unsettling. Intergenerational collaborative work is integral to her practice, along with creating a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art.
Tickets can be purchased online and at the door (on a space available basis).
Denver Art Museum Complex
100 W 14th Ave. Pkwy. Denver, CO 802024