Chevy in the Hole
I am a visual artist and educator dedicated to storytelling and equipping others with tools so that they can tell their own stories. Perhaps related to my parents’ departure from their homeland, I often live with the feeling of having left places prematurely, a topic that pervades in many of my photographic projects and films. Photography, film and computer graphics allows me to explore topics of diasporic life, progress, technology and human connections.
About Chevy in the Hole
Rumors claim that Flint, Michigan was baptized Chevy in the Hole by elitists who were jealous that so many with so little education could make a living for themselves, give birth to college-bound first generations and propell their families forward with nothing but sweaty foreheads and stubborn loyalty to a corporation. Chevy in the Hole was once literally and figuratively the nuts and bolts of General Motors, the birthplace of GM’s all-American Chevrolet truck line and one of it’s most profitable manufacturing centers.
Chevy in the Hole is a landscape project where the landscape is the sweeping concrete brownfields as much as the interior spaces that its inhabitants have carved for themselves. Many have fled the city during a long migration spanning 30 years, but in a race against the bulldozers that are physically downsizing the city of Flint, the Chevy in the Hole project seeks to preserve as many stories and memories as possible of the inhabitants of Flint, Michigan. Many families, just like mine, benefited and propelled themselves thanks to the golden era of the American car industry. Flint and General Motors gave my family a timeline, the opportunity to create family heirlooms, history, progress and unfettered potential. When my family moved into our first home, we painted it with various cans of leftover paint that townspeople donated to the church, most of them just enough to paint one wall of a room. But each can of paint came to our home from its own story, and Chevy in the Hole goes into the homes from which these cans of paint came.