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Indian Land For Sale.

Donna Garcia | Georgia, United States

Flyers began to circulate hailing “Indian Land For Sale”. White farmers flocked in droves to auctions of indigenous, ancestral land that was still, up to 1838, being occupied by its people.

In 1830 President Jackson declared that the Indian Removal Act would "…Incalculably strengthen the southwestern frontier. Clearing Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi of their Indian populations would enable those states to advance rapidly in population, wealth, and power."<>

Systematic hunts were made to force indigenous people from their ancestral land and government pamphlets circulated advertising, “Indian Land For Sale”.<>

Approximately, 100,00 Cherokee,Muscogee (Creek),Seminole,Chickasaw, andChoctawwere forced to“Indian Territory”, present-day Oklahoma. Approximately 1 in 4 died or were killed on the 1,000-mile walk that took 116 days from Georgia.<>

A Cherokee survivor of the trail told her granddaughter, “The winter was very harsh and many of us no longer had shoes. Our feet froze and burst, as we left bloody footprints in the snow. We were not allowed to stop to bury our dead. Many mothers carried their dead children, miles, until we stopped at nightfall. All night you could only hear digging.”<>

TheTrail of Tears was an act of genocide that has been conveniently forgotten.<>

Donna began as a writer publishing a number of features. During this time she was taking photos as a “value add” to her stories. Soon she began to get acclaim for her photography, even over her writing.

In 2016, she switched over to photography full time and is currently pursuing her MFA in Photography at The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Since starting at SCAD, Donna’s work has evolved, “Isubjugate mypersonal bias of what's realand allow myself to beabsorbed into the formal structure of an image.”

Through the use of dark ambiguity and abstraction, she seeks to add a lyrical quality to this work, which speaks in a way that gives the subject a voice in the present; something they did not have in the past. Whether city, rural and surrealist, her work is connected by style presenting moments of epiphany and transition; a transcendent dimension is revealed through her own form of “lyrical documentary.”

She utilizes metaphor and mythology to covey a past-present narrative, integrating environment with a sense of mystery that gives the viewer a feeling that something is not quite right.

Garcia’s images are not meant as reportage but created to transcend what they actually are and become empathic recreations in a Fine Art narrative. They combinetangible and empirical realitywith her profound reaction to it.

She is a native Bostonian based in the Atlanta, Georgia.

www.donnagarcia.com

Donna began as a writer publishing a number of features. During this time she was taking photos as a “value add” to her stories. Soon she began to get acclaim for her photography, even over her writing.

In 2016, she switched over to photography full time and is currently pursuing her MFA in Photography at The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Since starting at SCAD, Donna’s work has evolved, “Isubjugate mypersonal bias of what's realand allow myself to beabsorbed into the formal structure of an image.”

Through the use of dark ambiguity and abstraction, she seeks to add a lyrical quality to this work, which speaks in a way that gives the subject a voice in the present; something they did not have in the past. Whether city, rural and surrealist, her work is connected by style presenting moments of epiphany and transition; a transcendent dimension is revealed through her own form of “lyrical documentary.”

She utilizes metaphor and mythology to covey a past-present narrative, integrating environment with a sense of mystery that gives the viewer a feeling that something is not quite right.

Garcia’s images are not meant as reportage but created to transcend what they actually are and become empathic recreations in a Fine Art narrative. They combinetangible and empirical realitywith her profound reaction to it.

She is a native Bostonian based in the Atlanta, Georgia.

www.donnagarcia.com

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