Picturing the South: 25 Years


Picturing the South: 25 Years


Stranded Indian Land with Oil Boom, after the British Petroleum Oil Spill, South of Pointe-aux-Chenes, Louisiana

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Kael Alford, American, born 1971




Pigmented inkjet print


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Commissioned with funds from Paul Hagedorn, Phyllis and Sidney Rodbell, and the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust

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© Kael Alford.


This sign indicates a spit of land that contains burial grounds and the former terrain of a community of the Pointe-au-Chiene Tribe. Only accessible by boat, the location of the island is a well-kept secret as it is off-limits to anyone other than members of the tribe and their guests. The area became uninhabitable after the coastline shrunk and salt water contaminated the wells and drinking water. A soiled oil boom that was utilized during the cleanup operation after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion stretches across the bottom of the image.