Portraits against amnesia: archival recuperation in the work of Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie

Doubt, Emma (2016) Portraits against amnesia: archival recuperation in the work of Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie. World Art, 6 (1). pp. 19-44. ISSN 2150-0894

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Abstract

This article considers the work of contemporary photographer Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (Taskigi/Diné). Part of the first generation of artists to popularize the field of contemporary Native American photography, her work engages with issues of identity construction, cultural memory, and representation in Indigenous communities. The article considers Tsinhnahjinnie's foundational concept of photographic sovereignty as explored through her interactions with nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photographic portraiture, both in her position as a viewer and as a cultural producer. Her reclamation of archival photographs in the photo-series Portraits Against Amnesia (2003); Double Vision (2010); and Damn! There Goes the Neighborhood (1998) facilitates an interpretive process that moves away from colonial narratives of representation. The article explores the ways in which the historical archive is paramount to these series, and functions as a catalyst for processes of recuperation and visual sovereignty.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: photographic sovereignty; Indigenous photography; cultural memory; postmemory; photographic archive
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N0061 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N5300 History > N6350 Modern art > N6447 19th and 20th centuries
T Technology > TR Photography
Depositing User: Emma Doubt
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2016 14:34
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 04:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59447

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