APRIL 28, 1984


Wilbur grew up in La Conner, Washington.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography in 2006.  Matika began her career in fashion and commercial work in Los Angeles before choosing to create portrait art that deeply communicated people’s lives and experiences, especially the nation’s indigenous communities.  Her focus on indigenous communities is central to her first photographic projects:  We Are One People, We Emerge, and Save the Indian and Kill the Man.  Her fourth major project to document contemporary Indigenous peoples, Project 562, photographs members all US tribes on their tribal lands.  Her work has been exhibited at the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington; Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg, Russia; Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia; and Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.

Sources: “Matika Wilbur,” website.  Retrieved 2/25/2020, http://www.matikawilbur.com/ Wikipedia
Clip Art:  Courtesy of Public Domain Vectors.  Cameras - camera fancy - Public Domain Clip Art (pdclipart.org)

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