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Monday, February 17, 2014

Wow! Matika Wilbur's Project 562 Is A Kickstarter Blockbuster

Posted by on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 3:16 PM


Photographer Matika Wilbur is almost always on the road, but this weekend while she was here, she filled me in on recent travels in Arizona, where border patrol stopped Wilbur and her photo subjects at gunpoint. Apache land was willy-nilly divided by the drawing of the U.S./Mexico border, which leads to hostile interactions that, from a native point of view, are entirely nonsensical.

You won't see the cops or the divided land in Wilbur's photographs from Arizona. As she wrote Friday on her blog,

People frequently ask me: "Why don't you photograph the REAL INDIANS?" As if "real" Indian identity should somehow coincide with the look of poverty or stoicism.

I refuse to accept those identities as our only forms of representation.

We deserve to have sheroes too. And we do, they are walking among us.

Read my story about what you do see in Wilbur's Project 562; behold the Kickstarter blockbuster with 700 backers of just $10 to $25.


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ScandalMgr 1
Hoping you know about Kickstarter being hacked already, but if not, change your password!!…
Posted by ScandalMgr on February 17, 2014 at 3:27 PM · Report this
Am I the only one who finds the actual photos amateurish, stylistically inconsistent and victim of simplistic Photoshop desaturation attempts?
Posted by Critic on February 17, 2014 at 3:51 PM · Report this

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