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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Defining Diné Legacies: The Friction Between the Fragmented Archive and Contemporary Photographic Practice

Related Members: Hannah Abelbeck, Rapheal Begay, William Wilson

This panel explores the friction between the fragmented archive and contemporary Indigenous photographic practice in defining legacies for the Diné (Navajo) people. We follow the trajectory and historical frame(s) of the creation, archiving and circulation of 19th century photographs of Diné (Navajo), observing the nexus formed by the intersection of these historic photographs with contemporary photographic practice by Diné photographers. The discussion concludes with contemporary Diné photographers reflecting on their own practices and how such practices relate to the story of the archive and reclaim the legacies of contemporary and historical images.

Panelists: Will Wilson, Hannah Abelbeck, Rapheal Begay
Moderated by Jennifer Denetdale


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