14 x 11 inch Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White
Edition of 15 (1 framed, 14 unframed available)
$800 framed, $500 unframed
This work is from the series Empty rooms, which refers to the concept of terra nullius, the belief that land that was not 'actively' occupied was considered to be “vacant” and therefore available for settler ownership. The Doctrine of Discovery stated that the land was not being “properly used” according to European and American law.
Th resulting dispossession and removal of Indigenous peoples from their homelands uprooted the interconnectedness, cultural teachings, and sustenance the land provides. Through acts of resistance, Indigenous peoples seek to ensure the safety of the land from further harm in order to secure a future for the next seven generations. Empty rooms reflect on diaspora and the continued resilience of Indigenous peoples.
Alex Jacobs-Blum’s dichotomous Hodinöhsö:ni’ and German identity raises questions of belonging and relationship to land. Struggling to find a unified sense of identity perpetuates an investigation into notions of authenticity and legitimacy. Alex navigates personal experiences by challenging colonial structures as an act of self-determination and resistance. Focusing on the territories that have sustained her Indigenous family for generations, photography presents a way of engaging knowledge carried by her ancestors.
Nationally, Alex’s work has been exhibited since 2015 at the University of Ottawa, the Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, and Critical Distance Centre for Curators, Toronto. She has facilitated photo and social justice workshops with Indigenous youth at Western University, London and at the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, Hamilton. Alex holds a Bachelor of Photography from Sheridan College (2015).