Lauren R. O’Connel Observes Land Acknowledgements Often Address Indigenous Communities as If They Are from the Past

“Institutions make these standard statements, but oftentimes they address Indigenous communities as if they are from the past—when they are still present here today.”
– Curator Lauren R. O’Connel, on land acknowledgements. In conversation about the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) exhibition “Language in Times of Miscommunication,” she contrasts the signage-based “positive reinforcement” of Indigenous artist Anna Tsouhlarakis to the tone and subtext of (boilerplate) land acknowledgements.
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