Photo series and video
The Dawes Act gave the US government control over tribal lands. To receive an allotment, Native people were forced to participate in a blood quantity process. Government officials determined how much Indian blood each tribal member possessed. In Blood, I forced participants to go through a similar process of racial identification. Participants were interrogated and I inaccurately documented their backgrounds. Systematic racial identification is the first step of possessing and cataloging minority identity for the monitoring and eventual extermination of non-white cultures. This intervention allows the audience to have a first-hand experience of having their identity stripped from them.