exposure

Dismantled Identity

Invisibility is a protection strategy. 

 

I was shocked to find out about the eugenics project while I was on a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. The movement in Vermont and across the United States believed that it was possible to improve humans by allowing only some people to reproduce and sterilizing others. The Japanese American incarceration experience and the eugenics project have similarities - people were judged and deemed unfit and a problem since they were different than those in power. The government approved indigenous genocide is history that needs to be known. 

Coming into View (Eugenics Series)
They Came Forward (Eugenics Series)
Deep Roots (Eugenics Series)
Missing You (Eugenics Series)
Uncovering (Eugenics Series)
Uncovering detail (Eugenics Series)
Uncovering detail (Eugenics Series)
Family Trees, Uncovering (Eugenics)
Family Trees (Eugenics Series)
Family Trees (Eugenics Series)
Family Trees (Eugenics Series)
Family Trees (Eugenics Series)
Coming into View (Eugenics Series)

At my fellowship at Vermont Studio Center I brought red figures I was creating in my studio outside and made more in the trees. I felt the beings had information for me. I researched the indigenous people in the area and discovered the eugenics project that nearly exterminated the Abenaki tribe, along with sterilizing the poor, feeble minded, and dark skinned people.