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Artist's Reception & Gallery Talk: JEFF THOMAS at Stephen Bulger Gallery

Posted By Administration, Saturday, November 24, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Resistance Is NOT Futile

Exhibition Dates: December 1, 2012 – January 19, 2013

Artist Talk:
Saturday, December 1
1:00 pm (RSVP as seating is limited)

Reception for the Artist:
Saturday, December 1
2:00 - 5:00 pm

The self-taught artist and independent curator Jeff Thomas came to photography after a life-changing car accident. The deeper he delved into the photographic record the more Thomas desired to fill a gaping hole in our-or his- visual history. As an Iroquois and member of the Six Nations reserve Thomas has a unique point from which to speak. As he turned to history and the visual record of Indigenous peoples he discovered an absence in two areas: images of Indigenous people by Indigenous people and images of city-dwelling Indigenous people. Thomas set out to create work that filled this void, creating images that chips away at stereotypes. In his latest work, Resistance Is NOT Futile, he has revealed that the cloth of the well-known photographic icon, Edward S. Curtis's work is actually somewhat threadbare. Thomas dedicated this work to considering what Curtus did NOT photograph. The works are not a contemporary mirror to Curtus, rather thoughtful meditations on the meaning of post-colonial Indanness.

Historic and contemporary images mingle with text. Any stereotypes that rise through Curtus's work are shattered as we see proven that traditions have endured and legacies have carried. Thomas, who self-identifies as an urban-Iroquois, proves through his work that nothing about the Indigenous people or culture has remained stagnant.

For more information, please visit Stephen Bulger Gallery

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