|NATIVES: THE DANES. 2008.|
In my work I strive to challenge and
deconstruct the mechanisms and representations that reflect, form and
With Natives: The Danes
I chose to reverse the colonial gaze. To make ethnic Danes the object
of the gaze, in the same way that Western visual representations have
stereotyped others. Historically the links between Western colonialism
and the invention of photography are well documented. Photography was
seen - and all too often still is – as an objective and scientific
medium. Its alleged transparency and direct registration of reality
often distracts from or disguises the ideological role it plays.
as I’m concerned - and I’m not alone - photography has been an obvious
tool of colonialism in representing ’primitive’ peoples and all that
Western ’civilisation’ has to offer. A virtually Darwinist discourse of
cultural – and racial - evolution in which representations, including
photography, continue to play a central role in the global media.