from Caroline Blechert:
Some Path Breaking waves happened this weekend while collaborating on a photoshoot for my Creations for Continuity Neon Jewellery Series.
Through this beautiful collaboration we have all brought an artistic, contemporary lens to the idea of indigenous beauty and identity.
The concept of Indigenous in these photos really shows how dynamic we are and how we see ourselves, because we are so much more than how we are romantically and traditionally depicted in mainstream.
We are more than natives wrapped in blankets, or Inuit on the land in fur parkas. Many of us have adapted, much like our ancestors, to their own harsh environments.
Images above by Caroline Blechert
from Jaida Grey Eagle:
In collaborating on this series we wanted to play with the light; using light as a statement, using light as a form of pushing the narrative and using the light to break up the stagnation of how we as Indigenous people are viewed in the contemporary world.
I was not interested in creating images that continue to put us into the stoic, romanticized, and past-tense portrayal. We went in with the thought to create an image that further pushes the narrative of Indigenous beauty.
Coming together and collaborating together as indigenous women I wanted to create what I’m always looking for.
I’m always in search of images that capture contemporary Indigenous people as how I see us; adaptable, resilient, and thriving people.
I know that others must be searching as well.
Images above by Jaida Grey Eagle