In 2010, Gluckstein began campaigning with Amnesty to encourage the United States to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. When President Obama agreed, the photographer comprehended the power of her work. Now, she's hoping an exhibition of her life's work, which will travel the country for three or four years beginning in the U.S. at Boston University Art Gallery on January 29, 2015, can once again create tangible change.
But what she's seen in the last few years, as issues of sexual violence have caused heated debates in Washington, hasn't been entirely comforting. "If we aren’t committed to the women protecting us in the military, and aren't committed to our own children on college campuses, how can we ever commit to safety of indigenous women, who are always treated as the low of low, are the poorest on planet and in our own country?" she asks.
Changes may be slow to catch on, but the widespread nature of this issue has the potential to unite a larger population than would typically advocate for native issues. "Social movements have to do with people recognizing we are one and we are connected." Rape, she says, connects people of all races and socio-economic classes. "If I am a well-educated, upper-middle class women living in L.A. and I’m worried about sending my daughter to college—that connects me with knowing what’s facing all women."
This image was shot by Gluckstein in Kenya in 1985.