The Red River 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.
In my time in the Red River Valley I aimed to how these histories have presented themselves in the present day, and there I found room to lean into the unfamiliar; the uncanny.
"..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