everybody lives downstream
Onondaga Lake’s egregious reputation has been established by its toxic marriage with industry and human excess. It is a site of competing tensions – most notably, its status as one of the most polluted lakes in the country, a result of one hundred and fifty years of disposing untreated human and chemical waste into its waters. The narrative of devastation stands in contrast to the true essence of the lake – The establishment of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy on its shores is the root of its sacred origin. The indigenous history of this place has been literally buried by industrial waste. This work unfolded out of acknowledgement of the traditional history of Onondaga Lake and functions on the appreciation of its’ waters, shores and surrounding affected areas. In focusing on a site that has seen such monumental consecration, commodification and deterioration, I can offer only personal retribution for the injustice to the land and the neglect of its traditional history. Along with the knowledge of this place comes a responsibility to tell its story.
The work includes a photo book and installation along with prints exhibited at Spark Contemporary Art Space on May 4th, 2017