Indigenous Agency and Arctic Imagery

Depictions of the Indigenous in the Photography of Roald Amundsen’s 1903 Gjøa Expedition

January 09th, 2019
Lisa Zenke, News from Berlin

Ingeborg Høvik’s talk “Indigenous Agency in Arctic Imagery: Photographs from Roald Amundsen’s Gjøa Expedition (1903-06)” will be held on January 15, 2019 and is part of the Henrik Steffens Lecture Series presented by the Department of Northern European Studies of the Humboldt Universität Berlin.

The lecture focusses on a selection of images taken by Godfred Hansen during Roald Amundsen’s Gjøa expedition and their representation of Indigenous people. During the explorers’ stay on King William Island in Nunavut, between 1903 and 1905, over 2,000 photographs and ethnographic material was collected, primarily from the Netsilik Inuit, with whom Amundsen’s crew had lived in close relation to. Amundsen’s Nordvest-passagen [the Northwest Passage], published in 1907, shaped the portrayal of Indigenous people to a worldwide audience.

Høvik’s lecture and exhibition of the photographs is presented in collaboration with the Henrik Steffens Lecture Series, a forum for research projects, cultural themes, and discussion of Norway’s current issues. Serving as a place of exchanging ideas between guests from Scandinavia, the lecture is open to everyone.

Ingeborg Høvik is associate professor of Art History at the University of Tromsø. Her research focuses on art and visual culture in Europe and North America, including postcolonial, eco-feminist and ecocritical theory, and indigenous methodology.
The lecture will be held on Tuesday, January 15, at 18:00, room 3.134 (Brandes), Dorotheenstraße 24 (Haus 3), 10117 Berlin.


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