It's 11:11 Somewhere (2018), coming soon
In the summer of 2017, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton along with nine other Attorney Generals and one Governor, drafted and signed a letter addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The letter was a recommendation to the Trump Administration that it rescind DACA, and should it not, the group would move forward with a lawsuit against the Administration. It’s 11:11 Somewhere is a photo series chronicling this consequential moment in American history.
A video containing audio from Attorney General Jeff Sessions September 5th announcement of the rescission of DACA. Included in the group show, Inalienable Truths, Gallery 102, Washington, DC.
On October 3rd, 2013, Miriam Carey, along with her infant daughter, arrived by automobile to Washington, D.C. It is assumed her trip originated the same day in Stamford, Connecticut, however there is no way of knowing for sure. That afternoon, at 2:13 PM, she drove into a White House security checkpoint. This triggered a chain of events, ultimately ending in her death. Miriam retells these final moments.
Sandra aligns dashcam video of the Sandra Bland arrest next to the police training video Out Numbered. The training video, scripted and acted, shows a measured and controlled approach by an officer performing a routine traffic stop. In this scenario, the driver is wanted for forgery, and is peacefully removed from the vehicle and arrested. By contrast, the dashcam video demonstrates an aggressive approach by the officer culminating in the questionable detainment of Ms. Bland.
HOMELAND SECURITY, BUT FIRST (2016)
In the summer of 2016, I was invited by Jennicet Gutierrez to attend and document a strategy session in preparation for a meeting with officials from the Department of Homeland Security. The session, led by Flor Bermudez of the Transgender Law Center, was held just before the historic meeting at a home in Washington, DC. During the session, Flor reviewed talking points and the participants recounted their stories of detention. The purpose of the meeting was to give officials a firsthand account of the conditions in immigration detention centers, and how transgender individuals are at a higher risk for abuse.
RISERS (2016) Please contact Andy Fernandez for screening opportunities
In 2014, I decided to turn my lens to the fight for immigration reform. The short film centers around Brenda Perez and Gerson Quinteros as they deliver a presentation on how to navigate challenges facing young undocumented immigrants. Their lives and stories are emblematic of the mission for immigration reform. As of 2012, they are in the United States as DACA recipients. This allows them to live without fear of deportation. The films examine their respective journeys to the US, anecdotes from their childhood, and how they are contributing to American society.
RISERS (2016) visit www.risersdc.com for full gallery
Permit Protest (2016)
Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot on November 20, 2014, in Brooklyn, New York City, United States, by a New York City Police Department officer. Two police officers, patrolling stairwells in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)'s Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn, entered a pitch-dark, unlit stairwell, one of them, Officer Peter Liang, 27, with his firearm drawn. Gurley and his girlfriend entered the seventh-floor stairwell, fourteen steps below them. The shooting was declared an accidental discharge; the bullet ricocheted off the wall and Gurley was fatally struck once in the chest.
Youth boxer Marcell Steele training and sparring. Included in the group show HUSTLE (2016)