How James Luna Exposed the Mechanisms of American Racism

This article reflects on James Luna, a performance artist and photographer’s, “Take a Picture with a Real Indian exhibit. I understand the points Luna was trying to make about the objectification of Native Americans in the US, but I’m not sure if his piece was as radical and powerful as the author thinks it is. If people don’t see what is wrong with taking a picture with a Native person, like some sort of prop, then will they be able to understand the point of the piece as whole? It is power depends on introspection on one’s careless action and possible possible remorse, which wouldn’t come about if you didn’t think you did anything wrong.

That’s just my opinion read the article here and let me know what you think.


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