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)
Uncovering (Eugenics Series)

Blankets remind me of home, comfort, and nurturing. They also hide things or we hide under them. The people on this list were considered defective and unfit and "likely to beget similarly afflicted children". Across the nation the eugenics program decided who should reproduce to improve the human race and who should be sterilized. The current resurgence of (or perhaps just more exposed) discrimination around the world makes this history relevant today.