Fate of the Machinery

Fate of the Machinery explores the complicated process of using family wealth to change the systems from which one benefits. It consists of an installation of three components: archival ephemera, a publication, and videos. The ephemera installation component exposes my own family’s accumulation of wealth. My family owned an industrial auction business from 1951-2002, liquidating the assets of factories, in …

Oil and Water

In Oil + Water, Shanna Merola and I combined our photographic work from the water struggle in Detroit and Flint, Standing Rock, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New Orleans post-Katrina and the Bakken Shale fracking boom in North Dakota. The resulting body of work makes connections between extractive industries, militarization of police, political unrest and the resistance work of frontline …

Women in Bakken

In 2012 and 2013, an oil boom took place in the Bakken Shale Formation in North Dakota, due to technological advances in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The area was crawling with men working 100 hour weeks, earning up to $120,000 per year, living in trailer parks (called “man camps) where rent cost nearly as much as a New York City apartment. I …