Police Tape, 2014
Missouri was one of four Border States that never seceded from the Union, radically dividing the State since the late 1860s. From the legal restrictions put in place to deny blacks the right to rent or own property in the 1940’s, to the failure of the Pruitt-Igoe housing projects in the 1970’s, St. Louis’ past is littered with racial discrimination. These are just two examples of many occurrences foreshadowing the racially charged riots in Ferguson in 2014.
As a St. Louis native I’ve noticed this history is kept quiet. Most white St. Louisans live outside of the metropolitan area and possess an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. However, as a local and a person who grew up in St. Louis County, the signs of institutionalized racism were prevalent. I witnessed the police conducting unnecessary searches of friends and was even asked, “What are you doing with them?” while riding in cars with people of color. Fearing the police is normal in St. Louis, even as a white woman.
The media’s portrayal of Ferguson and of people of color in the United States over the past year has been predominantly negative. My own community and the country at large are denying its history while simultaneously shaming the individuals affected by it. I felt the need as a documentarian to investigate a place that was in close physical proximity to me, but one that I had been cautioned to never experience.
Tributary, is an on-going body of work about social injustice in St. Louis, Missouri and the events that have contributed to it. The photographs are my attempt to document “The Movement” in St. Louis and the individuals in opposition of civil rights. I aim to explore similarities and differences between humans living in a city divided by racial and social inequality.
'Die In' at the Missouri State Capital, Jefferson City, 2015
Outside 'The Workhouse', a medium security penitentiary in north St. Louis, 2014
"Violent when oppressed. Gentle when free. Ftp!", Graffiti outside the Ferguson Police department after riots, 2014
End Mass Incarceration Protest, 2014
Riot Results, 2014
Sunny Shen, 2014
Pro Police Rally, 2015
Lala Moore being arrested for impeding traffic, 2014
"I'm going to knock your teeth out you little bitch", Photograph from St. Louis Post Dispatch of me being yelled at a Pro Police Rally by a former St. Louis County Police Officer, 2015
Fuck The Police, 2015
Upside down american flag at MLK Day Parade, 2015
Alene on a smoke break, 2015
St. Louis County Police stationed at Ferguson Police Department, 2015
Black Lives Matter, 2015
Summer Protest, 2015
"We Must Stop Killing Each Other", Ferguson, 2015
Michael Brown Jr. Memorial, 2015