I am a conceptual documentary artist who returned to creative expression in 2014 after a 12-year career as a wrongful conviction lawyer. My values as an advocate and trained mediator, as well as my background representing innocent DNA exonerees, inform my visual work, which examines American power and identity in the post-9/11 era. My series marry empathy and dark humor with structural critique.
While completing a Bachelor's degree in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, I trained in photography at RISD. After working for photographers Mary Ellen Mark and Sylvia Plachy, as an AP stringer, and as an investigator for the federal public defender's office, I attended Harvard Law School and practiced for more than a decade as a civil rights attorney.
In 2016, I was nominated for the Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer and won Duke University's Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award for Women Documentarians and the Punctum Award, the Lianzhou Foto Festival's jury prize. I am a 2017 Harpo Foundation Visual Artist Grantee and a 2017-19 Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellow.
The solo exhibition, Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay, has been shown in Switzerland, South Korea, and China. The Steven Kasher Gallery hosted the U.S. debut in 2017. My book of the same title, published by Radius Books, was nominated for a 2018 ICP Infinity Award, shortlisted for the 2017 Paris Photo-Aperture First PhotoBook Award and the 2017 Les Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles Photo-Text Book Award, and named among the year's 10 best photo books by the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Mother Jones, 1000 Words Magazine, and others.
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