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The Shadow Reclamation Project is a site-responsive project.

In this year-long pilgrimage to the locations of the World War II American concentration camps, I look for ways to make works that incorporate these places; that take some souvenir from them without removing physical objects.

The people who were incarcerated here engaged in reclamation projects of their own. Those projects often involved the creation of gardens, farms and swimming holes in the middle of otherwise unyielding deserts. They also created art and craft movements using foraged materials that sustained their spirits and cultural identity.

Under the desert sun by day and watchtower searchlights by night, when I imagine these camps I think of them as cities of constant shadows.

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