Perception: A Photo Series

Category: Book
By (author): Adams, KC
Other Primary Creator: Mattes, Cathy
Foreword By: Vermette, Katherena
Subject:  ART / Art & Politics
  EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Social Science
  PHOTOGRAPHY / Photoessays & Documentaries
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies
Publisher: Portage & Main Press
Published: May 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 120
Size: 9.00in x 6.75in x 0.70in
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From The Publisher*Tired of reading negative and disparaging remarks directed at Indigenous people of Winnipeg in the press and social media, artist KC Adams created a photo series that presented another perspective. Called "Perception Photo Series," it confronted common stereotypes of First Nation, Inuit and Metis people to illustrate a more contemporary truthful story. First appearing on billboards, in storefronts, in bus shelters, and projected onto Winnipeg's downtown buildings, Adam's stunning photographs now appear in her new book, Perception: A Photo Series.  Meant to challenge the culture of apathy and willful ignorance about Indigenous issues, Adams hopes to unite readers in the fight against prejudice of all kinds.
From The Publisher*Artist KC Adams's Perception Photo Series first appeared on billboards, in storefronts, in bus shelters, and projected on Winnipeg's downtown buildings. The photographs confronted common stereotypes about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people to reveal the contemporary truth. Gathered here in the book Perception: A Photo Series, Adams's images will inspire viewers to act against prejudice of all kinds.
Review Quote*Indeed, the potential lasting impact of this collection can't be underestimated; this is socially engaged art at its best.

Review Quote*Perception is an interesting collection of photography and essay-like writings. I'll definitely recommend this one to our library patrons.
Review Quote*KC Adams' Perception series challenges us to bridge thought and reality; emerging on the other side better having challenged ourselves to see Indigenous peoples for what they really are. We are grandparents, parents, children - and everything in between. As Adams shows through this incredible exhibition of faces and feelings, we are beautiful, whole, and complex peoples irreducible to stereotypes and slander.
Review Quote*KC Adams's Perception series absolutely captured the most devastating perceptions from the colonial mind, and the accompanying lack of knowledge about the truth of Canada's historical relationship to Indigenous Peoples.  Succinctly and beautifully, KC transformed that narrative in this series.  It is a prolific piece which will always be a source of inspiration for truth and reconciliation.  It is unforgettable.  Kichi miigwetch KC Adams!
Review Quote*This is a fantastic book and a real conversation starter. K.C. Adams explores stereotypes of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people through portrait photography. What started off as a social media and poster project at bus stops has now been turned into a book as she photographs people with assumptions that have been made about them written next to the photo before showing the real person and who they really are. It's a very simple but overwhelming creative and effective idea. It's made me reflect what assumptions I might hold about certain groups of people and how accurate they are. I really appreciated that this is also not just a book of photographs but also informs the reader how the project got created and why it is so important and what art can do. One person who sat for photos also talked about the experience which is something photography books often don't include but really adds to the photos. I hadn't heard of Adams before but shall definitely be looking up more of work. Thank you very much to Net Galley and HighWater Press for providing me with an ARC in return for a honest review.
Review Quote*We hear the saying, "A picture can say a thousand words" quite often, but sometimes we don't take the time to actually look at what we are seeing and what it is saying. Sometimes photographs are taken for fun, with no real meaning behind them. But there are times when a photograph is taken for a purpose, taken to deliver a message. KC Adams, with Perception, is doing just that. She is not only delivering a message, she is also making a statement in order to break down the racial prejudices and stereotypes towards the indigenous community in Canada.
From looking at the first picture that shows their reaction to what people think of them to looking at their second picture that shows their look of pure happiness coupled with their name, their tribes, and the words they would use to describe themselves is what is causing people to think twice, think differently, and spark conversation.

Review Quote*I admire what KC Adams did when she kept hearing disparaging remarks and slurs against the Native peoples of Canada. As an indigenous person herself, she too, had been subjected to mistreatment and prejudice just be being someone who looks different. She was determined to find a way to get people's perceptions to change. The Native/indigenous people and their cultures were here to stay and non-Native people had to come to terms with and accept that. Adams choose to use her skill as a photographer as a catalyst to address the racism and prejudice head on.

She took a series of two photographs of the same person; one as she said a racist remark, the other as she said something positive about the person. She then put up these pictures as posters around municipal areas. The first picture was headlined with the slur said while filming it, the bottom said "Think again". The second picture (taken when she invoked a positive response in them) told who they were and some things about them. This photography series (now captured in her book Perceptions) helped people recognize their own reactions to Native peoples and realize that they were unfair and untrue.

I love when art is not only creative, but an agent for social change! Kudos, Ms. Adams! Well done!

Many thanks to NetGalley and High Water Press for allowing me to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
Review Quote*Perception is an impressive inside look into a living legend's photography practice (I say this in no uncertain terms) and, more importantly, as Adams intended, a reminder to look past the hurt in search of a love that can bring us all home.