Artist Projects

Global Studies

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Global Studies is a collection of poetry that mimes the history textbook in structure, but at a closer look, is quite the opposite. The texts examine the ambiguity of history while employing multiple languages, mistranslations and vernaculars. LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs will collaborate with a graphic artist to create charts, graphs and multiple-choice mini-quizzes that will all play a role in the book’s final manifestation. The text is occasionally written in the persona of an Indian interpreter, engaging Diggs’ personal history (her ninth great grandfather was apparently an Indian interpreter). Concerned with social media, the internet and the fragility of Wikipedia, the project investigates the ways certain historical and current events remain lost to translation, transcription, the archive and a hashtag.