DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition is an internationally acclaimed museum photography exhibition by Dana Gluckstein. The exhibition provides a contemporary focus to the worldwide movement against racial injustice. Gluckstein spent three decades photographing Indigenous Peoples in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. The theme of the exhibition is expressed in the words of Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, “The Indigenous Peoples of the world have a gift to give that the world needs desperately, this reminder that we are made for harmony, for interdependence. If we are ever truly to prosper, it will be only together.” – DIGNITY
Please see the attached exhibition proposal: DIGNITY Museum Proposal 2021 with links to the 60 images, documentary film, press, and excerpt to the award-winning, second updated edition of the DIGNITY book.
DIGNITYhelped create a turning point for the Obama administration to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2010 – a historic milestone. The Declaration is the most comprehensive global statement of the measures every government must enact to ensure the survival and well-being of Indigenous Peoples. The exhibition highlights this worldwide empowerment movement. Native American Faithkeeper Oren R. Lyons illuminates the roots of racism, the Doctrine of Discovery and the path forward.
The photographs capture the fleeting period of world history where traditional and contemporary cultures collide. The images invite visitors to explore themes such as diversity, cultural renaissance, global interconnectedness, racism, social justice and sustainability. The content links museum historical collections to the present-day creating opportunities for interdisciplinary and multi-cultural programming, class field trips and includes a curriculum.
“Gluckstein succeeds in bestowing upon her sitters a sense of stilled dignity, a humaneness entirely devoid of any temporary, fleeting, or accidental quality.” – Robert A. Sobieszek, The Late Curator, Department of Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gluckstein has photographed iconic figures including Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, and Muhammed Ali. Her portraits are held in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Gluckstein addressed the World Economic Forum in 2013 on “How art can impact the state of the world.” Link to the documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqa5aHIkmww
Promotional video/slideshow: https://vimeo.com/261393021
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