I collaborated with Diana Pérez-Ramírez and Chandra Narcia to work on Faces of Garfield a documentary photography project in 2014. We created this project because the historic Garfield District in central Phoenix is quickly becoming gentrified. We wanted to show the face and ideas of the community who is being pushed out economically and through aggressive policing.
Over a 6 month period we went out twice a week during the golden hour and captured the stories and photographs of Garfield District residents. We put up their portraits and graphic text of their names and ideas on community and creativity onto Instagram. With the help of jose d lopez of Devlabs we built a website that pulled Instagram images using #facesofgarfield, so everyone could contribute photographs.
Somos Arizona helped with large format printing costs and the City of Phoenix hosted our exhibit at Verde Park. We had small print outs for residents to take home and a screen projecting the images everyone submitted using the hashtag. Garfield District artists Mystic Blu, Cassandra Hernandez, DJentrification, DJ Mr. Phx performed and Angel Diaz drew sketches live of community members. The exhibit had a huge turn out and was a positive celebration of our neighborhood, while challenging stereotypes.