Daniel Uncapher is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Utah with an MFA from Notre Dame, where he was a Nicholas Sparks Fellow. A disabled bisexual from North Mississippi, his work has appeared in The Sun, Chicago Quarterly Review, Tin House, The Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere.
Open Wounds traces the sustained and visible geological damage of capitalism on Utah. Using extensive on-the-ground observation, satellite surveillance, and text-based historical records, I have been documenting the “scar tissue” of 150 years of resource extraction on the state. From the Kennecott Copper Mine disgorging the Oquirrhs and coloring the Great Salt Lake to the uranium roads of the Canyonlands, seemingly every feature in the state has been marked by the settler-colonial extraction techniques of white Americans. Open Wounds joins contemporary cartography with contemporary poetics in an effort to publicly document this damage.
Danielle lives downtown in Salt Lake City with her son and their home is full of plants. She is an artist, photographer, teacher, and advocate for the arts. Danielle has a Bachelor of Art in Photography and is currently in the Master of Arts in Teaching – Fine Arts program at the University of Utah. Her focus of study is teaching mindful photography practices as a tool for well-being.
The Youth Activist Art Digital Database project will be a website that showcases youth activist art from around the world. This extensive archive will be a curated online encyclopedia that hosts images, videos, and project statements from the last 20 years, with fresh content continually added. Information will be sorted based on filters such as: artistic medium, social issue, or geographic location.