January 22, 2010

The Edward Curtis Project

Play explores themes of cultural identity through story of controversial photographerOut of the potent mix of conflicting values and symbols, playwright Marie Clements has crafted The Edward Curtis Project. Clements, a Metis-Dene writer, has created an imaginary dialogue between Curtis and Angeline, a Metis foreign correspondent.

In the play, as Angeline struggles to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder, she finds herself coming face to face with Curtis and his legacy.

Also part of The Edward Curtis Project is a photo installation by Rita Leistner that juxtaposes Curtis’s romanticized images with contemporary and realistic photographs of contemporary first nations people.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native Plays and Other Stage Shows.

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