I am an Afro-Nuyo-Dominican photographer, writer, and community organizer who was born in the Bronx, New York and raised by parents who immigrated from the Dominican Republic. I grew up with a younger brother who, at the age of 10 months, was diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. I realized that many immigrant families are not able to adequately support relatives like his brother.
My work focuses on how systemic injustice economically affects people from the Dominican Republic. I use photography to document how disability, racism, poverty, and immigration affect Dominican people. The humility, hospitality, pride, self-hatred, resiliency, diversity, activism, and internalized oppression of Dominican people inspires my work. I am motivated by my unnamed ancestors who resisted systemic injustices. I am also inspired by my disabled brother who taught me the importance of patience, sympathy, and human rights, values that I weave into my photographic work.