A Photo Series
by KC Adams | foreword by Katherena Vermette | critical essay by Cathy Mattes

Grade: for grades 9–12
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From award-winning artist KC Adams comes a mash-up of social action art and flash biography that compels readers to look, then look again.

the potential lasting impact of this collection can’t be underestimated; this is socially engaged art at its best.
—Kirkus Reviews

Tired of reading negative and disparaging remarks directed at Indigenous people in Winnipeg in the press and on social media, artist KC Adams created a photo series that presented another perspective. Named “Perception Photo Series,” it confronted common stereotypes of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people to illustrate a more contemporary, truthful story. First appearing on billboards, in storefronts, in bus shelters, and projected onto Winnipeg’s downtown buildings, Adams’s stunning photographs now appear in the 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.

Perception is one title in The Debwe Series.

Indeed, the potential lasting impact of this collection can’t be underestimated; this is socially engaged art at its best.
—Kirkus Reviews

KC Adams’s 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.
—Romeo Saganash (MP for Quebec(2011–2019, lawyer)

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!
Tina Keeper, award-winning actor/producer

Perception is an impressive collection of an equally impressive photo series by a widely respected Indigenous artist. Perception reached meme status at an early moment of Indigenous internet activism, fueled by movements like Idle No More and an explosion of Indigenous digital space that allowed for expansive connection and community-led transformation. Essays from Katherena Vermette and Cathy Mattes, who hail from Adams’ community of Winnipeg, make for a deeply personal text. The photographs themselves act as a visual history of Adams’ community and the people who would become her community by participating in her intimate process, a process that is extensively detailed in the collection. Perception is an 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.
— Lindsay Nixon, editor-at-large Canadian Art, author nîtisânak (Metonymy Press)

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Shortlisted for the High Plains Book Award, Indigenous Writer

Nominated for SOLS First Nations Communities READ, YA/Adult Category

Among USBBY’s Outstanding 2020 International Books List

Shortlisted for the Eileen Mctavish Sykes Award for First Book

Shortlisted for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year

Shortlisted for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award

Chosen for CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (2019), a starred selection of exceptional caliber


1 review for Perception

  1. Grundy

    It very powerful, evokes emotion, a must for schools!

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