My newest body of work is in direct response to the politicized images of American Muslims depicted as a plagued foreign diaspora. In reality, young Muslims today are vivacious, earnest, informed youths eager to vote and participate in our/their American democracy. This project is a translation through representation of what a dynamic American community should look like. Shot in the studio and painted with only natural light, these images are meant to invoke the timelessness of the first American portraits taken by Matthew Brady right here in New York City. Against a neutral grey background, the vibrancy of each subject stands out in sharp relief, symbolizing clarity in the midst of political noise. This is our young complex America, simultaneously integrated, independent, and highly networked.
The Rainbow Ladies
This project takes inspiration from the diversity of color that saturates the Caribbean narrative, seeping into everyday life through stories of politics, employment, family, and empowerment. Like the colors of the rainbow, the women in this project represent the sum of all parts of Trinbagonian society. Each woman is an embodiment of individual strength and resilience. She is unique because she is a product of her time and circumstance. She is also part of a whole, one of many crucial storytellers, a color in the rainbow. Sewn together, the photographs make up a shared Trinbagonian legacy whose power and potency emerges only when stories converge, like rain and sunshine. Through assertions of independence, family, and security, this project pays homage to the Rainbow Ladies, the marshals of the future.