projects > Shadow Reclamation Act

Think of the desert sun by day, and watchtower searchlights by night. The American concentration camps were cities of constant shadows.

Think of the incarcerees, and what they reclaim from the desert in order to sustain their bodies and their spirits when almost everything else has been taken away. Out of the dust they grow gardens and build swimming holes; they scavenge wood scraps to make furniture and shoes; they burn sagebrush when the coal doesn't come and the temperature plummets in that first winter of 1942 in Idaho.

Think of the myth of Dibutades.