This project began with
research and reading on the concept of visibility and power dynamics, as they relate to indigenous
Palestinians in art, media, surveillance, and agency. In Gil Hochberg's
book "Visual Occupations," she describes the literary works of Israeli writers who use the
"mysterious" abandoned Arab villages in Israel as the
settings for narratives, without fully acknowledging the violence of Palestinian erasure. I felt
compelled to visit the likewise "mysterious" indigenous places in Ohio where Hopewell
earthworks once stood, as a study of architectural and cultural
erasure. This project explores indigenous solidarities and human relationships to land that are interrupted due to colonial projects. The work exists in many iterations including published essays, media-enhanced readings, photography, performance, and text art. The videotaped performance, "Goldenrod
Dance," took place on the banks of the north fork of Paint Creek, Chillicothe, Ohio.
Once the site of the largest Hopewell geometric and burial earthworks complex, it has since been largely destroyed by
colonial agriculture. The blue banner project is an homage to the Arabic word "Ard" and its many nuances of English translation, from the elemental to the geographic.