In the summer of 1968, nearly ten years after becoming the 49th US state, the landscape of Alaska drastically changed when oil was discovered in Prudhoe Bay. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) was later created. As a way to critique the regime of property and the colonization of Alaska, we explored various local mythologies.

We considering the pipeline as a street that connects nodes of extractive infrastructure, our intervention occupies it.  These modules are assembled along the pipeline, and inhabited by the indiginous Alaskans. Over time, other materials are disassembled from the neighboring oil rigs for structural support. A pipeline that once transported oil now facilitates exchange. Derek Russell

Critic: Emanuel Admassu

2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles