Adjusting the Lens: Indigenous Activism, Colonial Legacies, and Photographic Heritage (Paperback)

Adjusting the Lens: Indigenous Activism, Colonial Legacies, and Photographic Heritage By Sigrid Lien (Editor), Hilde Wallem Nielssen (Editor) Cover Image

Adjusting the Lens: Indigenous Activism, Colonial Legacies, and Photographic Heritage (Paperback)

By Sigrid Lien (Editor), Hilde Wallem Nielssen (Editor)

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A study of transnational Indigenous activism and colonial photography.

Apparently neutral windows into the past, colonial photographs lie at the center of Indigenous art activism across the globe. Through a series of moving case studies, Adjusting the Lens explores how Indigenous artists in Australia, Canada, Finland, Greenland, Norway, and the United States today confront and redevelop this archive as they strive to empower and revitalize their communities and decolonize the historical record.
Sigrid Lien is professor of art history at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is the author of Pictures of Longing: Photography and the Norwegian-American Migration, among other works. 

Hilde Wallem Nielssen is professor of intercultural studies at NLA University College, Bergen, Norway, and the author of Ritual Imagination: A Study of Tromba Possession among the Betsimisaraka in Eastern Madagascar, among other works. 
Product Details ISBN: 9780774866613
ISBN-10: 0774866616
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2021
Pages: 322
"Perfectly timed and enormously significant, Adjusting the Lens illuminates the ways Indigenous art activists use photographs to challenge, realign, and renegotiate past histories....What makes this volume so critically important is that it brings to light practices that rewrite long-held myths of how colonialism utilized photography as evidence, making it the singular historical record."
— Choice

Adjusting the Lens is a cutting-edge and timely study of Indigenous photography, and is a pleasure to read from beginning to end. Everyone interested in the use and circulation of Indigenous images along with contemporary engagements with photographic collections by descendant communities will find this groundbreaking and powerful collection incredibly useful.”
— Amy Lonetree, associate professor of history, University of California, Santa Cruz