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PHOTO/SYNTHESIS is the catalogue published in conjunction with an exhibition of newly-constructed images by Will Wilson, exhibited January 26 – April 2, 2017 by the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. Will Wilson brought his Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange project to Oklahoma in the summer of 2016. Working with FJJMA curator heather ahtone and seven tribes from Oklahoma, the project used Indigenous methodologies to extend the body of portraiture of Native Americans in Oklahoma while shifting preconceptions about the historical narrative within which the Native community is often presented.
The title refers to both the use of photography as a medium and the synthesis of Edward S. Curtis’s original work into the construction of a body of photography that extends and empowers Native representation from the historic into the present. The seven tribes included the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Osage Nation, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, and Comanche Nation.
PHOTO/SYNTHESIS was supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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