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)
Missing You (Eugenics Series)

Made from baby and kids clothing from the local thrift store. This piece mourns the unborn generations of Abenaki people due to their forced sterilization from 1930's to early 1970's. Children were also removed from their homes. in addition "Missing You" refers to those who moved to Canada or went into hiding to avoid being targeted by the eugenics program.