After the 2016 United States election results I felt I was thrown into a dark abyss of artistic oblivion. Pursuing art in the US has always been something reminiscent of a classic pigeonhole grid. In theory I’ve always understood what it is to package myself for the commercial market, but the reality of the matter is much more daunting and bleak than ever.
Even before the election I have always felt that my prospect to make a living as an artist in the United States has been overshadowed by a constant gloom of prejudices that murk around my potential. After the election I feel this issue was heightened tenfold. I now feel I am working in the dark more than ever.
Within this grim prospect I am pressed to create a space in which we can speak our truths as minorities.
I started capturing portraits a week after the 2016 election. The actors, stage managers, producers, makeup artists, dancers, writers, and filmmakers shown here all identify with a minority group that is underrepresented in our creative and collective consciousness. I spoke the words that have been on my mind since the election: hate, love, tolerance, immigration, deportation, racism, xenophobia, transsexual, fear, islamophobia, colonization, whitewashing, mourning, equality, women, violence, silence, homophobia- and captured the subjects' reactions.
I aim to create a space in which minority artists can be seen by those who oppress them. It's a space in which freedom is key and vulnerability is allowed. It's a place where our voices are heard through the collective power of an allegorical ensemble fueled by the torque of photography. I want to battle oppression with peace. As artists we are offering our most sincere choice to connect as human beings, our vulnerable truths in order to break free from patterns of oppression, rejection to multifacetedness, and "social standards."