Kay Rosen IOU (Sioux), 2017

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Flashe paint and acrylic gouache on canvas

7,87 x 9,84 in

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For anyone who has followed Energy Transfer Partners' attempts to build the Dakota Access Pipeline less than a kilometre from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, the message of the typographic work "IOU" will be clear: both a promise and an apology to this tribe and, by extension, to the many other indigenous peoples whose rights and treaties have been trampled underfoot over the years. The threatened lands were given to the Sioux tribe in the 1851 Treaty of Laramie, although the government has subsequently tried to reduce them. The final section of the pipeline route will pass under the Missouri River and threaten the drinking water of the reservation and millions of people downstream, not to mention the pipeline's contribution to global warming and its encroachment on sacred burial sites. This section of the pipeline was originally intended to be built in Bismark, but was diverted because it could threaten the drinking water of Bismark residents. While the protocol for approving these pipelines, such as a thorough environmental impact study, is being radically altered by Trump's orders, "IOU" fashions a simple message from the heart of the Sioux tribe's name.

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