Nicholas Galanin, Things are Looking Native, Native's Looking Whiter, 2012
Things are Looking Native, Native's Looking Whiter
Artist RegionInternational
DescriptionThis work of photomontage places an image of actress Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope next to a 1906 Edward Curtis image of a young Hopi-Tewa woman, whose distinctive “squash blossom” hairstyle greatly resembles the iconic hairstyle associated with the Star Wars character. This is a commentary on cultural appropriation in popular media, especially in fantasy and science fiction, which commonly adopts visual signifiers from non-Western cultures, but features almost exclusively white directors and actors. Galanin’s work comments upon how a massive media franchise like Star Wars has created and perpetuated a visual language immediately recognizable to the vast majority of people with any exposure to Western media, utilizing decontextualized imagery derived from non-Western cultures.
Materials Giclee print
73.7 × 58.4 cm (29 × 23 in.)
Object number HUM-2014-00004
Edition Edition 8/10
In Collection(s):
Location Lakeshore Campus, Storage
Credit Line Courtesy Humber Galleries