My ongoing project Returning to Milwaukee: My Conversations Inside the Housing Redlines seeks to illuminate the marginalized communities of Milwaukee’s Northside that proudly endure today despite the economic hardships resulting from “redlining” practices that date back to the 1930’s. Through dialogue and photographic documentation I hope to share the strength and grace of residents that define these historic neighborhoods today, and spark meaningful conversations on systemic racism and what the struggle for freedom and its perpetual terror teach us about humanity, equality, hope, joy, and love that will promote understanding and support in our communities.
I walk the Northside neighborhoods to experience the intimacy of a community I had not been exposed to as an adolescent. I am endlessly inspired by the residents I meet. In these photographs, you will see various organizations, small business owners, religious and spiritual leaders, civic activism and family celebration, to including those who live and make their home inside of 53205 and 53206 zip code districts.
I have created this body of work to share with this and other communities in hopes of promoting understanding and support of those who have suffered oppression in any form.