Branching from the concept of the land acknowledgement, this guest book serves as a way for settlers and those benefitting from settler colonialism to acknowledge that they occupy indigenous land. In this case it is of Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples. By referring to the American content as Turtle Island, it unsettles the colonizer’s definition of borders and land ownership.
The first was displayed at the 2018 RISD Glass Triennial and at the Parallels Dual Degree Exhibition. The iteration displayed here is made as a continuation and will be exhibited in the ____scapes exhibition at the RISD Museum’s Gelman Gallery. It simulates the brand identity of the exhibition, blurring the line between what is institutional accountability or forgery.
Fall 2018 + Spring 2019