Projects // DOKUMENTART

Working together with collaborators Gabriela Bulisova and Michelle Repiso, I have created several projects that blur the lines between documentary and fine art practice. These projects embrace the task of documentary storytelling as a technique for raising awareness and engendering change on critically important but overlooked social issues, such as the impact of incarceration. At the same time, they aspire to create a unique visual style that expands the impact of our work. Together, we work to develop an intimate and trusting relationship with our subjects — and to adopt a collaborative and interactive approach in working with them. We are also using immersive installations as a means of reaching a wider the audience with our socially conscious storytelling.

In Ukraine, Gabriela Bulisova and I worked in the only penal colony for girls and young women ages 14 to 20 to create “Memoria,” a project composed of diptychs that include both a portrait of the incarcerated individual and a photograph of an object that is of particular importance to each woman.

In the United States, Gabriela Bulisova, Michelle Repiso, and I have worked extensively in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA on the impact of incarceration on families. While there is increasing awareness of mass incarceration in the United States, where we incarcerate more people per capita than any other nation on the planet, there is less understanding of the toll this is taking on our families — especially families of color. We hope that the short documentaries and galleries of still photographs we have created will shed additional light on this critically important topic and lead eventually to meahningful policy changes.