Photography by Jac Trautman

Jac Trautman: The Specter of the Young and Indigenous

Opening when the Museum reopens; Lightcatcher building

Jac Trautman is a photographer and artist from Seattle and a member of the Duwamish tribe. With this series of seven photographs that incorporate splitting and projection techniques in their single-exposure frames, Trautman presents the various ways in which people project their idea of landscape onto the world.

The subjects of his photographs are tribal youth of the Lummi Nation who collaborate with Children of the Setting Sun Productions to create the Young and Indigenous podcast. The podcast is a forum for the Lummi community to express their opinions, voice ideas and concerns, and share untold stories important to Native people.

The podcast is also for people outside of Indigenous communities who would like to learn more about the issues important to Native people. Trautman folds the ideals of the podcast into visual form in his layered images. While critiquing the systems and conventions of settler-colonialism, he also presents intimate portrait studies of empowered Indigenous youth who, through contemporary technologies, share stories, languages, and landscapes that resist colonial definitions.

Main image: Photo by Jac Trautman. Eliza Julius at the Wex’liem (Frog House), Lummi Nation, Bellingham, Washington. Courtesy of the artist.