"Susana Asi Es/How It Is" is a 4:56 minute segment of the video portrait of Susana Reyes Limaymanta from Tarma, Peru. It belongs to the series Working Hands/Manos Trabajadoras, an on-going project on women who engage in repetitive, manual labor.
Susana, a former domestic worker since age 9, currently does field work in the "young towns" on the hillsides of Lima, to help child and teenage domestic workers learn about their rights. I accompanied Susana during her walks and admired how she relates to the people and the community she knows so well.
As a visual artist interested in the fusion of art and documentary, I focus on the rhythmic repetition of the everyday while creating portraits of those who are often overlooked. Working Hands expands the definition of individual and collective portraiture through the use of video and time-based digital media installations.
Special thanks to the Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes, La Casa de Panchita, both in Lima, Peru, and to Susana Reyes Limaymanta. I received a Fulbright US Scholar Award in Peru to develop Working Hands/Manos Trabajadoras.