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On October 1, 2020, Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with Parsons School of Design at The New School, hosted a conversation between photographer Martine Gutierrez and curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah. In Gutierrez’s 2018 project Indigenous Woman, she created a 124-page art publication, playing the roles of photographer, stylist, creative director, editor in chief, and featured model. Throughout its pages, Gutierrez transforms herself into a revolving roster of identities—in some spreads, wearing go-go boots; and in others, appearing in Indigenous textiles belonging to her Mayan grandmother. In this discussion, Gutierrez and Fellah take an in-depth look at the project and navigating contemporary Indigeneity.
In a series of public programs that accompanied the fall 2020 issue of Aperture magazine, “Native America,” photographers, historians, and writers discussed the historical relationships between and new perspectives on photography and Native representation.
Lead support of the “Native America” issue of Aperture magazine is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Henry Luce Foundation. Further generous support is provided by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Significant support of Aperture magazine is provided by The Kanakia Foundation. Additional lead support is provided by Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović.
Martine Gutierrez is an American visual and performance artist. She is known for creating works that interrogate the formation, expression, and perception of identity. Acting as subject and producer, the artist has created music videos, billboard campaigns, episodic films, live performances, and satirical advertisements that juxtapose the consumable with the genuine. Gutierrez’s most recent undertaking, Indigenous Woman, is a glossy magazine replete with beauty advertisements, fashion spreads, and a letter from the editor—all featuring Gutierrez herself as model, stylist, photographer, writer, and editor. Her artworks have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including in the Central Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Nadiah Rivera Fellah is a curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Previously, she served in various capacities at the Newark Museum in New Jersey, where she curated the celebrated exhibition Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth and served as the primary author and editor of the accompanying catalogue. Fellah specializes in Latin American and global contemporary art. Her other published works include “Graciela Iturbide’s Cholo/as Series: Images of Cross-Border Identities” in the journal History of Photography (2019), and “Mining The Maniacs’” in Wendy Red Star: The Maniacs (2018). Fellah received her BA in art history at Oberlin College, Ohio; and in 2019, she completed a PhD at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.”