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Reclaim: Indigenizing Colonized Spaces
Adam Sings in the Timber is a documentary photographer and filmmaker celebrating the power and magnificence of Indigenous women across the United States.
From the artist’s statement:
We are on Indian land, these are the ancestral and present day homelands of the Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee) and S’atsoyaha (Yuchi).
Adam Sings in the Timber, Apsáalooke photojournalist, has been taking photographs for decades as a documentarian of Indigenous culture and lifeways. In his travels and photographic adventures, Sings in the Timber was overcome by the formidable presence of Indigenous women and the way this presence has the power to transform the energy of space and place. Sings in the Timber explains, “My project doesn’t seek to expel non-Native people from our ancestral homelands, but to inspire pride in my Indigenous brothers and sisters while also communicating to non-Native populations that Indigenous people are still here, and that we are powerful and sacred.”
The ongoing series, Indigenizing Colonized Spaces, is Sings in the Timber’s passion project; over the last three years he has worked diligently to capture images of women in just about every city he’s visited. Each location captures the colonial architecture and worldview of the area. Buildings like the Trump Tower loom in front of an elk tooth clad Apsáalooke woman, and downtown Chicago frames an Diné girl dancing with delight. Sings in the Timber’s intention to redirect his audience’s ideas of power and beauty is undeniably effective.
Sings in the Timber and the Native American women he photographs stake claim to the earth beneath their feet, to the spaces surrounding them. With her sacred presence and her ancestors above her and below her, everything is transformed. RECLAIM is a visual prayer and a lesson in empowerment.
Coop Gallery is a participant in the WEHO Art Crawl which takes place on the first Saturday of each month.
Source: Coop Gallery
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Additional time info:
Opening reception Saturday, November 6, 4pm–7pm.
Gallery Hours are by appointment only until pandemic restrictions subside. With the exception of the hours listed for November 6, the gallery is only open by appointment only. The hours listed are approximate.