This is from my Senior Portfolio/Group show called “revivals: a photo collective” (May 2013), which is research inspired by cultural appropriation. This may sound weird, but I’ve been collecting found objects on the Navajo reservation since I was a kid. After going through my junk, I suddenly realized that I contribute to this “taking” of culture, but on a less extreme level. As a native (lol), I only do this because the Navajo Nation’s picturesque landscapes are littered with trash and junk of wires, beer and wine bottles, auto parts, etc. When I go home to visit I often bring back found objects that remind me of my family and memories growing up in rural communities. Here are some of my favorite things. Click on photo to see more. Enjoy!
By Karyn Denny