2016 – Present
Work in Progress
Nothing Happened Here explores the violence/non-violence of postcolonial Native American psychology.
Reflecting upon my own experience and observations in my community, the Shinnecock
Reservation in Southampton, New York, specifically the burden of the loss of culture through
assimilation, omission of our history in school curriculum, and loss of land and economic
disadvantage; this series illustrates the shared damaged enthusiasm of living on indigenous lands without rectification.
The arrows in each image act as a symbol of everlasting indigenous presence in each scene. The
images may be as compelling if the subjects were of indigenous descent, but the decision to use
non-native subjects reveals a shared burden. The question remains of how to overcome this
troubled past. As we learn of early contact-period history between colonists and indigenous
groups, that history sticks with us, and it is difficult not to link current predicament of power,
gained or lost, with that important past.