Artist Statement

My creative practice explores the politics of representation, commemoration and monuments, both structural and cultural. It questions how to engage with an archive whose source and steward has historically been the dominant culture that oppressed and exploited my community. Working across disciplines, I collect still and moving images, documents, sound and oral narratives. Using this collection of evidence combined with my own interpretation and response, I construct what Pierre Nora would call realms of memory, devices for remembering people, places, and events. These devices become monuments of duality: past and present, strength and oppression, obsoleteness and relevance, pride and anger, evidence and critique. Using these objects and collections of media, along with physically occupying space with my body, I create a new history and personal geography.

 

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