erasure, (2022) digital collage
“Erasure” is a digital collage photo series that deals with the theme of Western censorship by U.S. based social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. The collage is composed of the last three photographic portraits I posted of my grandparents and family on my Instagram art account in 2021 before the platform abruptly claimed a violation of terms and deactivated the account with no further explanation.
This piece engages with the historical erasure of indigenous people by Western institutions through genocidal violence and whitewashed colonial teachings of history and wishes to draw a link to the ongoing successor to this legacy, white supremacist tech companies (Google, Facebook) that actively work to uphold racist algorithms and systems of oppression (Israeli apartheid) against indigenous peoples in the Global South.
“Erasure” was also inspired by the recent controversy surrounding Facebook’s role in fueling the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as well as Facebook and Instagram’s decision to allow for death threats and calls for violence towards Russians to be hosted on their social media platforms this year.