Photographs from Michigan

Taken over the last decade, this body of work examines landscapes of wealth discrepancies across one of the most racially segregated states in the country. Approxmimately half of the photographs were made in Detroit, and focus on school closures, home foreclosures and the dismantling of public infrastructure. Many of the others were made on Mackinac Island Michigan, an island that seeks to recreate the Victorian era, by banning automobiles from the island, and staging frequent cultural reenactments through special events and daily life. This island is also where the state's lawmakers gather each summer for a week long policy conference and set agendas for the year ahead. Many of the policies created in this space of imperialist nostalgia directly effect people who live in majority black areas of the state. The pictures explore which histories we chose to preserve, and which we chose to eradicate.