everybody lives downstream
This research and photographic process is grounded in the notion of place and considers human connection to the lands we live on. Through this work, I question whether land is a source of belonging or belongings, and meditate on the evolution of our conceptualizations of the land, enacted in a local site throughout history.
Onondaga Lake is a site on which the evolution of land use has established its egregious reputation in its current, post-industrial context. It’s a site of competing tensions – the foremost its status as one of the most polluted lakes in the country, a result of both untreated human and chemical waste that was dumped into the lake throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries. This narrative of pollution and deterioration stands in contrast to the complexity of the site’s history, which has shifted drastically from its inception as a sacred place centuries ago. Essential to understanding this shift in land use is a familiarity with both early American history and the history of the indigenous nations who have called this place home for far longer.
The work includes a photo book and installation along with prints that will be shown at Spark Contemporary Art Space on May 4th, 2017