Shaun Slifer

The Trail of Tears (and Andrew Jackson)
interactive installation with rubber stamp

As a young real estate speculator, and later as a United States President, Andrew Jackson was an outspoken advocate of relocating native North American tribes to lands farther west, making room for Southern agriculture by European settlers. His signature on the Indian Removal Act of 1830 precipitated the ultimate removal of most Indigenous communities East of the Mississippi. The most well-known and largest of these transplantation efforts was the Trail of Tears, a massive forced relocation of Cherokee in 1838-1839 which cost an estimated 4000 lives.

This rubber stamp was created for participants to imprint alongside Jackson's portrait on the US $20 bill - the bills are then reintroduced into circulation. When exhibited in a gallery, the stamp was mounted underneath an example of it's use, alongside an inkpad which allows participants to alter the currency in their own pockets.