The Look of Like: Shooting Asian/Indigenous Relation

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Résumé

Étant moi-même écrivaine et critique canado-asiatique, j’étudie les photos de sujets indigènes prises au début du XXe siècle par des photographes nord-américains asiatiques. Parmi eux, C.D. Hoy et Frank Matsura prennent des photos montrant des sujets indigènes dans une perspective raciale qui ne masque pas le déséquilibre omniprésent dans les rapports de force entre le photographe et la personne photographiée ainsi qu’entre les colons occidentaux et les habitants indigènes. Cependant, ces relations illustrées par les photos ne montrent pas de tendances génocidaires, comme le font par exemple les photos d’Edward Curtis, un photographe bienveillant, mais eurocentriste, dont l’œuvre reproduit le trope racial de l’ «Indien mourant». En dépit d’innombrables cas distincts de ségrégation raciale et de colonisation, il est possible de dégager des affinités entre les photographes nord-américains asiatiques, les critiques indigènes et les sujets indigènes, même si leurs relations restent malgré tout inégales. Ces affinités résultent de la méconnaissance des autres, mais d’une sorte de méconnaissance qui garantit plutôt la longévité et la bonne santé que la mort ou le génocide.

Keywords

Migration Assimilation Boiling Hunt Photography 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English, Faculty of ArtsUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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