Biopolitical Assimilation, 2019

This project illustrates the process of Cultural genocide in which a dominant culture erases other minor cultures utilizing different oppressive means in order to create a homogeneous society. The idea comes from Capt. Richard H. Pratt’s speech titled “Kill the Indian and Save the Man”. His ideas expressed in his speech were central to “civilize” and “Americanize” the Indians. For this project, I created portraits of Native Americans in their traditional clothing using the Anthotype process. Their images will disappear after a while. The ephemerality of the image is an inherent feature of this alternative process.