These are two excerpts from the work-in-progress. "Geronimo at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair" and "High Tea in the Nuthouse". They were created by Monique Mojica and explore the themes of incarceration and invisibility.


As a Prisoner of War, Geronimo, under a special dispensation by President Theodore Roosevelt, was brought in shackles to be a displayed at the 1904 World's Fair. He was placed directly across from the model classroom transplanted from the Carlisle Indian School where fair goers could observe "civilized" Indians vs the "savagery" of Geronimo.


Izzie (a fictional character) is incarcerated in the Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians in Canton, South Dakota — an actual historical place. Many Indigenous people — men, women and children — deemed "trouble makers" for resisting assimilation and acculturation were removed from their homelands and incarcerated there. Izzie is a Rappahannock root worker and midwife from the Powhatan Confederacy in the Tidewater region of what is now called Virginia. As a model patient she serves high tea and learns to become invisible. It is 1904.


The insane asylums, prisons and residential schools of the era were planned by the same architects. Built for a common purpose. That is why they all look alike. Izzie wanders the halls and grounds of the Mush Hole the way she did at the Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians. She is "disappearing" herself as she learns to become invisible. 

 

For more info on the artist, click here: Monique Mojica