I am an artist and a professional geographer working in the borderlands and across boundaries. My work centers on the intersection of water, art, security studies, identity, water rights, international development, political ecology, culture, beauty, political economy, music, and indigenous value systems and rights pertaining to transboundary rivers. I research the geospatial and temporal relationships of these human-environmental coupled systems.
The scholarship, the art and photography, the maps; these are formed by experiences on rivers and in riverine communities that have hosted me over decades. As such, this is all co-create work with the people who live in these liminal spaces. The multidisciplinary form of storytelling bridges science and art, reminding the viewer that these challenges we face with water carry a human face and community lifeways carry the cost.
The rivers and lakes are named Abay (Blue Nile), Nile, Mekong, Mara, Ziwa Nyanza (Lake Victoria), Mni Sosa (Missouri), Columbia, Ohrid.
The people include the Gumuz, Berta, Ethiopian, Kurya, Tanzanian, Nubian, Egyptian, Lao, Khmu, D/Lakota, Anishinaabe, Yakima, American, Macedonia, Albania, Greek.
This work has appeared in Science, Foreign Policy, Limnology & Oceanography, Water Policy, Al Jazeera, High Country News, Terrorism and Political Violence, and other publications, as well as in newspapers, magazines, and galleries in New York City, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ.
I am based in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. I am currently learning more about the Mississippi and Colorado Rivers.