Jeff Thomas: Resistance Is NOT Futile

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Plate – 9  Wabudi-sapa (Black Eagle) and Kevin Haywahe: Two Assiniboine Men, 2009 © Jeff Thomas / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery // Left: Edward S. Curtis, Chief Black Eagle (Wa-budiI-sapa) – 1908 – Assiniboine, Courtesy Library of Congress/LC-USZ62-105371.Right: Jeff Thomas, Kevin Haywahe in Powwow Dance Attire, Assiniboine tribe, Carry-the-Kettle Reserve, Saskatchewan, 1991.

Plate – 9 Wabudi-sapa (Black Eagle) and Kevin Haywahe: Two Assiniboine Men, 2009 © Jeff Thomas / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery // Left: Edward S. Curtis, Chief Black Eagle (Wa-budiI-sapa) – 1908 – Assiniboine, Courtesy Library of Congress/LC-USZ62-105371. Right: Jeff Thomas, Kevin Haywahe in Powwow Dance Attire, Assiniboine tribe, Carry-the-Kettle Reserve, Saskatchewan, 1991.

Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto is presenting Jeff Thomas: Resistance Is NOT Futile from December 1 through January 12. Focusing on Edward S. Curtis’ work, Jeff Thomas set out to confront photo-based stereotypes of indigenous people. He chose to focus on what he senses as two absences in history: photos of indigenous people in urban environments and images made by indigenous people. Born in Buffalo, New York, and also an enrolled member of the Six Nations reserve in Ontario, Thomas self-identifies as an urban-Iroquois.

Plate – 15 The Vanishing Race & The End Is Near, 2009 © Jeff Thomas / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery. // Left: Edward S. Curtis, Ndee Sangochonh, Apache, c. 1906. Courtesy of The Library of Congress LC-USZ62-106797. Center: Jeff Thomas, Construction Site, Ottawa, Ontario, 2007. Right: Edward S. Curtis, Nova, (pursuing a butterfly, Badger clan) Hopi, Walpi-Pueblo, 1906. Courtesy of the Library of Congress LC-USZ62-124180.

Plate – 15 The Vanishing Race & The End Is Near, 2009 © Jeff Thomas / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery. // Left: Edward S. Curtis, Ndee Sangochonh, Apache, c. 1906. Courtesy of The Library of Congress LC-USZ62-106797. Center: Jeff Thomas, Construction Site, Ottawa, Ontario, 2007. Right: Edward S. Curtis, Nova, (pursuing a butterfly, Badger clan) Hopi, Walpi-Pueblo, 1906. Courtesy of the Library of Congress LC-USZ62-124180.

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