‘Family Values’ chronicles the intimate moments belonging to my family. We are two middle-aged white lesbians, one previously incarcerated black man in his late thirties, one queer black man in his early thirties, and myself, a white female in her early twenties born through artificial insemination. My moms, brothers and I defy the heteronormative American family ideal and are comprised of much more than the descriptors listed above, however these labels are part of our identity and have greatly impacted our individual experiences.
These images are a piece of how I advocate for my family’s rights. I ask the viewer to reconceive their notions of family through tender portraits of each of us. The present political climate in The United States converses with this series.
‘Con Todo mi Corazon’ explores the daily life of Mirtha, and Nathaly, mother and daughter who moved to the United States from Peru just after Nathaly was born. Mirtha left behind their family and life in Peru to show her daughter the opportunities that America could offer. Nathaly is now a member of the Air Force and is attending school to become an airplane mechanic. They have supported each other through the discrimination they have faced as immigrants in this country, as well as Nathaly’s challenge of being a women pursuing a male dominated career. These photographs aim to bring normalcy and humanity to the word ‘immigrant’ and invite the viewer to consider their connection to the subjects.
I met Nathaly 9 years ago and at some point in our friendship she became my sister and family. As did the important people in her life.
Con Todo mi Corazón explora la vida diaria de Mirtha y Nathaly, madre y hija que se mudaron a los Estados Unidos de Peru después de que naciera Nathaly. Mirtha dejo atrás su familia y vida en Peru para demonstrarle a su hija las oportunidades que America podría ofrecer. Nathaly es ahora un miembro de la fuerza Aérea y esta atendiendo escuela para convertirse una mecánica de aviones. Ellas han apoyado al una al otra mediante la discriminación ellas han enfrentado como immigrantes en este país tanto como el desafío de Nathaly de ser una mujer perseguiendo una profesión dominada de hombres. Estas fotografías tienen el objetivo de traer normalidad y humanidad a la palabra ‘immigrante’ y invitan el espectador considerar su conexión a los sujetos.
Conocí a Nathaly hace nueve años y en algún punto en nuestra amistad ella se convirtió mi hermana y mi familia. Como lo hizo las personas importantes en su vida.
Hartford, Connecticut is a city overlooked by some, but it contains a vibrant community full of stories and journeys to be told. This is the beginning of a project that has started with photographs of Hartford residents I know and will expand beyond my immediate connections as the work progresses.