Stephanie M. Burchett Portfolio
With Your Permission, 2018
Interrupted View, 2017
This video features downloaded YouTube videos of people burning the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick’s, jersey. Kaepernick started a peaceful protest against police brutality, while the national anthem was playing during the 2016 NFL season. His protest was met with these YouTube videos of angry fans burning his jersey. While I was mining the videos I watched I started to notice parallels in the performances. They became these ceremonious spectacles that have a tone of patriotism. The gaze of the people who were participating, the children who were excited to participate and the language used by participants as they spoke to the camera reminded me of the rhetoric of lynching postcards.
Nogales Branch, 2018
Nogales Branch documents traces of the Nogales Branch of the New Mexico and Arizona Railroad, built in 1882. The Southwest served as a site of negotiation for the nineteenth century narrative of manifest destiny and westward expansion. The legacy of this development, in tandem with the end of the industrial age, has left disparate views of the land, wrought with narratives of isolationism. Than land - once used to physically unit the nation through transit of materials and bodies - is now sectioned off as private property with its dividing lines monitored by the U.S. Border Patrol.