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Emiliano

Emiliano’s Artwork

Emiliano’s Artwork
Emiliano’s Artwork
Emiliano’s Artwork
Emiliano’s Artwork
Emiliano’s Artwork
Emiliano’s Artwork
Emiliano’s Artwork
Emiliano’s Artwork
Emiliano’s Artwork
YI Artists worked with artist in residence LaToya Ruby Frazier to create photographs that documented their changing neighborhoods, selves, and a variety of public spaces in New York City. Click through for more information about the project. Photograph by Berry Stein
YI Artists worked with artist in residence LaToya Ruby Frazier to create photographs that documented their changing neighborhoods, selves, and a variety of public spaces in New York City. Click through for more information about the project. Photograph by Berry Stein

AIR Project

YI Artists worked with artist in residence LaToya Ruby Frazier to create photographs that documented their changing neighborhoods, selves, and a variety of public spaces in New York City. They examined the effects of advertising on society and the ways that individuals make every day choices. Teens also watched and discussed excerpts from the documentaries Century of the Self and the British series 7 UP to further understand the links between propaganda, advertising, and the ways in which social class affect an individual’s future. 

Emiliano’s Artist Statement

The media has become a part of my daily life. I use technology for a good chunk of the day. I turn to advertisements when I am bored on the train, and I will admit that I do feel rather unconnected if I do not know what is going on is Hollywood. While the media does define the significance of race, gender, and class in society, I am a strong believer that it does not have to define how my race, gender, and class affect my success in life. In other words, the media does not have to define the individual. I am not defined by being white, Hispanic, male, and upper middle class. I am defined by what makes me comfortable, what makes me uncomfortable, where I live, where I would like to live, and most importantly how I see myself: not how the media sees me. All those things are a lot more unique to each individual than something so commonly shared as gender. Let these pictures be an honest representation of myself.

Picture of shoes: I figure the best possible self-portrait would have to be one of my shoes. My shoes go with me everywhere I go and experience every single step. Of everything in my life, my shoes probably know me best.

Graveyard: There is something extremely comforting about a cemetery. Most people would feel uncomfortable in a place where we bury the dead. However, I find that there is something magical and wonderful about walking up and down the gravestones and wondering who each person was, how they lived their life, and in allowing each one to tell you a story (even if all you have is a name and two very significant dates).

Midtown architecture: At first, I took this picture because I found the architecture quite interesting. However, after a while, I realized that the picture represented a place in which I was not comfortable. The building in the picture is just one of the many angular, grey, impersonal, cold buildings in midtown Manhattan. Yes, the architecture is quite interesting, but it also represents one of the few places in which I feel uncomfortable in New York. This is probably because midtown is a very poor representation of the culture and uniqueness of New York.