In her most recent body of work, acclaimed photographer Susan Meiselas pieces together verbal and visual traces of encounters with the Dani, an indigenous people of the West Papuan highlands, from the nearly six decades that follow their "discovery" by the West. In this subjective, fragmentary history, she draws from the experiences of missionaries, colonists, anthropologists, and modern-day ecotourists, all of whom have come to the Baliem Valley and transformed the conditions under which the Dani live. The ambiguous relations between power and representation--whether in the form of Dutch colonial patrol notes from the 1930s, the sensationalized media accounts of the survivors of a downed U.S. army plane in "Shangri-La" from the 1940s, or a tourist's snapshots from the 1990s--become visible in Meiselas's book, through both the contradictions and unexpected continuities in the material brought together. Encounters with the Dani will accompany a multimedia installation by Meiselas in the 2003 ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, Strangers.
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(266mm x 204mm x 19mm)
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Author Biography - Susan Meiselas
Susan Meiselas, who was born in Maryland in 1948, has worked as a freelance photographer since joining Magnum Photos in 1976, and her images, particularly her coverage of hostilities in Central America during the insurrection, have been published throughout the world. Her many books include Carnival Strippers (1976), Nicaragua (1981), and Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History (1997), a project on the 100-year photographic history of Kurdistan. Her most recent book, Pandora's Box (2001), explores a New York S & M club. Meiselas's work has been widely exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions, and her photographs are in the collections of major museums in the United States and Europe.