STATEMENT

As an artist, I started as a photographer and subsequently pivoted to social practice art, in which the artist creates with a community as opposed to for an audience. Instead of using paint and canvas or a chisel and stone, social practice artists use social systems, situations and public space as their materials. Some of my favorite projects: A slumber party for artists at the Queens Museum of Art. A publication, resembling a supermarket circular and distributed by small businesses, that consisted of recipes and stories about food contributed by new immigrants. Dancing, for six hours, throughout the Sol LeWitt murals at MASS MoCA, shifting the experience of visitors (even those who didn’t join in the dance). My earliest social practice projects drew on my massive archive of photographs, which memorialize quiet moments within hectic New York City life that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. One of those projects, in which I pasted life-size photos I’d taken of subway riders on top of advertisements in subway stations, led to my first coverage in The New York Times!