(The Lenape name for Absecon Island)
These photos are from my Absegami series and were taken on the Atlantic City shoreline after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. They document some of the damage to boardwalks, piers and pilings. Water, which we need for life, has become a threatening force due to environmental damage caused by humans not properly taking care of Mother Earth.
Absegami is the Lenape name for Absecon Island, the location of present-day Atlantic City. Efforts should be made by contemporary residents, native and non-native, to care for Absegami water and land in a more respectful, sustainable manner.
Phoebe Farris has six intertwined careers, stretching the concept of interdisciplinary and transnational research. She is the arts editor of Cultural Survival Quarterly, a licensed CCR/DUNS art curator/dealer, a registered art therapist, documentary photographer, professor and author.
As an award-winning independent curator, photographer, author, professor and art therapist, Farris explores issues involving race, gender, indigenous sovereignty, Native American studies, the environment, peace and social justice from multiple perspectives. Her books, Voices of Color: Art and Society in the Americas, Women Artists of Color: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook to 20th Century Artists in the Americas and Art Therapy and Psychotherapy: Blending Two Therapeutic Approaches, create dialogues about the intersections of social activism and the arts.
A member of the Powhatan-Renape Nation with expertise on contemporary Native American art and culture, Farris has consulted for the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art.