Decolonizing the Self
Acknowledgement of anxieties or insecurities, particularly about one’s identity, are often made taboo in American society. My heritage is rooted in the land, now divided into parcels reminiscent of the rending of bodies by blood quantum. As a biracial Blackfeet/white woman, my history is split on opposite sides of manifest destiny. My blood both followed the buffalo and massacred them—colonized nd resisted. My most recent body of work was born from questions which have haunted me since my childhood and center around internal and external conflict regarding white-passing Nativeness. Working predominantly through photographic self-portraits and video work, I hope to reclaim mediums which, until recently, operated as colonized spaces with histories marred in violent misrepresentation and disrespect. My choice of media and aesthetics are an ironic nod towards infamous historical representations of Native and Indigenous bodies. By speaking back to the works of Edward Curtis and others, by speaking through historical visual processes made contemporary, and by speaking my experience, I hope that the growing liminal places of identity our globalized experiences are creating can be recognized as valid.
Raven Moffett is a senior at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She is pursuing a degree in Art and Visual Culture with a (photography) studio emphasis and an Sociocultural Anthropology minor. Raven is interested in the politics of representation and museum/ exhibition ethics along with the influence that language and visual phenomenon have on cultural constructions of reality. Because of her aversion to photographing groups or experiences she is outside of, most of her work is personal in nature and many of her pieces are self-portraits. You can read more about her work here.