Perla de Leon
Pepe's Diary p1, 1980 Silver Gelatin print 8x10
How did you get into debt?
equipment & supplies, intern assistance, travel expenses
Good Morning Teacher, 1980 Silver Gelatin print 8x10
How does your economic reality effect your art?
The Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan, Puerto Rico was scheduled to produce an exhibition of my work. Their recent bankruptcy forced cultural institutions to slash their budgets in half, forcing me to continue my year-long project without compensation and to seek funding elsewhere. The photo exhibition and book highlight NYC's near bankruptcy during the 1970s which brought about the devastation of poor communities like the South Bronx and contrasts them with images of US abuse and contamination of Vieques, a Puerto Rican island where 9,000 US citizens were forced to live in the middle of a ‘LIVE’ bombing range. A US controlled financial board (PROMESA) has enacted massive cuts in salaries (proposed $4.50 minimum wage) and services throughout Puerto Rico and stimulated a massive migration out of the island to the states. The images I am submitting reflect the burning of the South Bronx, due to similar cuts affecting only poor communities throughout NYC. I will travel to Puerto Rico in January 2017, to document the effects of massive cuts in services throughout Puerto Rico. With neither family or friends to assist me with expenses. I will continue to get into debt.
My Playground, 1980 Silver Gelatin print 8x10
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I would create more projects and hire assistants to help me as I have physical limitations
After School Baseball Practice, 1980 Silver Gelatin print 8x10