Working with digital archivist Hannah Abelbeck at the Palace of the Governors in New Mexico, she showed me an image of a glass negative of a Navajo weaver around 1876 at her loom weaving the number 001. When printed, these numbers invert to read 100. Abelbeck and I contend that this image connects to a larger history of U.S. government-commissioned Navajo weavings celebrating the U.S. centennial. Through photographic documentation of these weavings, I argue that some Navajo weavers used the structure of these woven U.S. flags (diagonal joins in tapestry weaving, for example) to embed counter-narratives of Navajo Sovereignty that deconstructs the symbol of U.S. colonization.
Eleanor Harwood Gallery, "Intrusions", Exhibition: January 11th - February 29th, 2020 Nada House, Governor's Island, NY, May 8th- August 28th, 2021