The Red River Valley.
The fertile algid world on the northern boarders of Minnesota and North Dakota is experiencing a growth in population and national exposure with the arrival of a more globalized economy and an influx in state revenue stemming from oil in the western side of North Dakota. With these changes comes a wider breadth of ideas on how to shape the region, and a reluctance to abandon traditions already set in place.
The valley has a vexed relationship overseeing Protestant Norwegians, Catholic German immigrants, and the Native American communities that inhabited the plains at the turn of the 20th century. In the late 1990s a flood decimated the city and forced them to rebuild. As the city began to prosper, new Americans soon gathered once again looking to build a community during the restructure. As a fail-safe against the flood, the City put up walls to protect itself from another violent rise of the river.
Inside the stark and spacious notions I constructed as to how these histories have presented themselves in the present day, I found room to lean into the unfamiliar; the uncanny. The closer my interactions appeared to match my expectations the more surprised I was with what I found.
"..We see how independent emotional effects can be of the actual subject matter in the world of fiction. In fairy-stories feelings of fear— including uncanny sensations—are ruled out altogether. We understand this, and that is why we ignore the opportunities we find for any development of a feeling of this kind.”
Das Unheimliche (The Uncanny)
- Sigmund Freud