My experience this summer with the Thread program at Yale University has been nothing short of amazing. I’m grateful to have been fortunate enough to take advantage of such an enriching, life changing experience. As a storyteller working in various mediums, the Thread program enabled me to connect the dots between various narrative modes and exponentially strengthen the capacity of my storytelling. It goes without saying that it will have a dynamic impact on my work going forward. Stay tuned.
I'm honored to announce that my photojournalism/ oral history project We The People: The Citizens of NYCHA in Pictures + Words has been acquired by the Smithsonian Institution. The collection will be archived at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum location in Washington, DC. My creative partner Shino Yanagawa and I are elated that these photos and oral histories will live on in the Smithsonian's vast permanent collection. Our main goal upon inception of the project was to provide a platform for voices to echo into spaces they'd been long been ignored by. Now their stories are permanently etched into the annals of history and will perpetually debunk the myth for generations to come.
I'm proud to announce that I've been accepted to the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship cohort of 2017. Over the course of the summer, I will be conducting research for an upcoming project with the aid of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. My home base will be the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum, established in 1967 in the city's Southeast quadrant. The archives at my avail include those of the Smithsonian's varied and vast institutions as well as other organizations in the DC area.
If you're in New York City, head over to Downtown Brooklyn to see an interactive billboard featuring images from my project We The People. In collaboration with visual artist Elizabeth Hamby, my creative partner Shino Yanagawa, and arts organization 14X48, the billboard is blocks from Atlantic Center and Barclays Center and features embedded content. Simply download the Aurasma app to your smartphone or tablet, focus your smartphone/ tablet camera on the billboard, and unlock a special video! Visit the 14X48 website for more info and four exclusive videos from the project!