Aesthetics of poverty
This project explores the subordinated position that Indigenous peoples occupy in the contemporary image. I am interested in exposing the mechanisms through which historical heritage operates simultaneously as emancipatory resistance and neo-colonial oppression. I have long observed how people’s first perception of a photograph of an indigenous family evokes an impression of poverty. Tellingly, this is the case even when the photograph depicts a wealthy family as their indigenous clothing appears to be enough to situate them in a place of marginality. I claim that our complex personalities are largely eclipsed, if not completely ignored, by our ethnic features in western representation. Complexity is replaced by the stereotypes attached to indigeneity.
Maria Ahmed • Philippa Bloomfield • Aina Maria Cantallops Cifre • Danyi Feng • Pamela Gomez • Megan Rose Goodwin • Alan Knox • Myrto Kyritsi • Weiyu Lin • Renáta Liszi • Bob Marsden • Iana Mizguina • Iris Papasava • Marta Poncelas • Lynsie Roberts • Justyna Solnica • Gisela Torres • Huiying YUE • Yifan Yang • Eclair Ziping Liu •