Make Me A Little Miracle

  • June 15, 2019. Two members of the Caracas based neighborhood dance team “Moni Dance” hop a fence on a rooftop in a neighborhood called The Hundredth Floor in the sector of Catia, Caracas.

  • March 16, 2014. Caracas, Venezuela. Protesters stand in a cloud of tear gas as they clash with the National Guard in Altamira, a wealthy enclave of Caracas, as protests all over Venezuela against food shortages, inflation, and crime continued into their second month. A year after charismatic and divisive President Hugo Chavez death, a wave of unrest broke out as the country began to tumble into disarray. At the time the protests were largely attended by the Venezuelan middle and upper classes, and mostly limited to their neighborhoods. In the past five years, as the crisis has deepened, political unrest and rage against the government has spread across classes and sectors.

  • June 15, 2019. After years of violence and drug trafficking, a neighborhood called The Hundredth Floor in the sector of Catia, Caracas, inaugurates a new basketball court with dancing, basketball games and speeches from local community organizers. The court is part of an initiative by a violence prevention organization called Caracas Miconvive which focus on reclaiming spaces

  • March 14, 2015. A rainbow arches over the Avila mountains which separate Caracas from the sea- seen from a helicopter taken out for a joy ride by elite Venezuelans- who say the chopper once belonged to Bill Clinton.

  • March 22, 2015. Caracas. A kidnapping gang from a barrio in western Caracas poses for a portrait at one of their stash houses. Crime, armed robber, and kidnapping are rampant in the city. The Venezuelan Violence Observatory, which tracks violence statistics in the country in lieu of the government which does not, numbers homicides in the country at nearly 25,000 in 2014- making it the 2nd highest peace time murder rate in the world.

  • April 25, 2014. SAN CRISTOBAL, VENEZUELA. A young protester wears a sign that reads "Venezuelan Student" in the center of San Cristobal, in Tachira State, the town on the border of Colombia where Venezuela's unrest began in February of 2014. The student label addresses allegations by Nicolas Maduro's government that the protesters are not students at all but paid imperialist infiltrators being used to destabilize the country.

  • February 2015. Caracas, Venezuela. At Lola, an upscale restaurant in Altamira, models prepare for a fashion show during an evening event. The models wore black armbands that night as a sign of mourning for a teenage protester killed that day, and drank pink champagne until early morning.

  • June 5, 2016. Boleita, Caracas. As the protest escalated police fired bird shot, pepper spray and tear gas at the women to disperse them. After a hostage situation broke out in a jail reputed for inhuman conditions, no water, limited food, overcrowding to the point that some inmates have to sleep standing up and develop skin conditions, wives, sisters, girlfriends and friends staged a protest outside the jail, demanding that their loved ones be given medical treatment after reported shootings inside the jail, or transfers to better facilities.

  • February 23 2019, Cucuta Colombia. Venezuelan opposition protesters convened at the Simon Bolivar Bridge from Cucuta to Tachira, Venezuela on Saturday to protest the government of President Nicolas Maduro and attempt to deliver truckloads of humanitarian aid which opposition leader Juan Guaido has called for to address the countries profound humanitarian crisis. When Venezuelan National police refused to allow the aid to pass, the situation on the bridge quickly escalated, as protesters hurled rocks and Venezuelan police shot tear gas, bird shot across the narrow bridge for most of the afternoon. At some point, pro-government gangs referred to as Colectivos were seen shoulder to shoulder with the Venezuelan police throwing rocks, and gunfire was heard on the Venezuelan side. Many protesters were injured, there was one report of a gunshot wound.

  • March 6th, 2014. Caracas, Venezuela. A National Police officer behind a riot shield is pushed backwards by a crush of demonstrators during the March of the Empty Pots, which coincided with International Women's Day.

  • June 27 2019. Caracas, Venezuela. Dayerlin Mejia ties a string around her ankles out of boredom at home at her mother’s house in the barrio. Dayerlin’s brothers are in jail and her fathers is not in the picture. Her mother makes a living selling coffee by the cup out of a thermos in front of a police station in Caracas most nights starting at 3am. She don’t study, and the family struggles to put food on the table.

  • Caracas, Venezuela. March 14, 2018: Cheerleaders from the SecoCheers troup, a freelance cheerleading group that makes its living peddling dancing and happiness at pro sports games across Venezuela as well as private events, rehearse back stage at a cryptocurrency conference at a luxury hotel. Venezuela had recently launched its own crypto coin, the Petro, and the conference discussed usage possibilities and cyber security. The team danced during breaks between sessions, occasionally pulling attendees up to dance with them. Margareth, center, had to run out mid day to take a test at the university- missing one of the sets and sacrificing a third of her pay.

  • June 10, 2016. In the poor barrio of La Vega, a violent protest against food shortages and some reported looting broke out. After National Police pushed back the protesters and a gun fight broke out between police and local gangsters in the chaos, residents scurried to and from their homes under the sound of gunfire.

  • February 2017. CARACAS, Venezuela. Katiuska and her daughters Krisbeilly and Karelys pose for a photo at a carnival opening party in the barrio. The live in a commune run by a pro-government armed group called a Colectivo.

  • July 2 2019. Caracas, Venezuela. Pepe and Yandeiver practice batting with neighborhood boys on the roof of Pepe’s house, hitting into an old box spring. Pepe’s father was a semi-pro baseball player who never made it to the big leagues. He now coaches teams for his sons, hoping that one of them could make it as a player and save them from poverty. Pepe is talented, but recruiters say he needs to grow and put on weight to be considered. He’s 14, having spent critical growth years in the food insecure crisis. His friend Yandeiver’s family has even less than Pepe’s, and often hangs around the house at meal times.

  • February 23 2019, Cucuta Colombia. Venezuelan opposition protesters convened at the Ureña Bridge from Cucuta to Tachira, Venezuela on Saturday to protest the government of President Nicolas Maduro and attempt to deliver truckloads of humanitarian aid which opposition leader Juan Guaido has called for to address the countries profound humanitarian crisis. When Venezuelan National police refused to allow the aid to pass, the situation on the bridge quickly escalated, as protesters hurled rocks and Venezuelan police shot tear gas, bird shot across the narrow bridge for most of the afternoon. Gunfire was heard on the Venezuelan side. Over 200 protesters were injured on the Colombian side during the day. When the aid trucks attempted to pass to the Venezuelan side, they were burned by the National Guard. Several Venezuelan Soliders defected and turned themselves in throughout the day to Colombian authorities.

  • July 5 2019. Caracas, Venezuela. The girls of a small barrio community prepare for their dance performance to inaugurate their comedor, a community soup kitchen for children. Most of the dancers will also be eating there every day.

  • April 19 2017. CARACAS, Venezuela. Pro-Government Militia members pose for a portrait at the Chavista rally. On Wednesday morning, demonstrators on both sides of Venezuela's extremely polarized political spectrum took to the streets in the thousands all over the country. In Caracas, government supporters rallied in the city center in support of embattled president Nicolas Maduro, affirming their support for their beloved former President Hugo Chavez' successor and rejecting what they see as the capitalist and Neo liberal agenda of the opposition. Meanwhile opposition supporters marched en masse from a planned 26 points of departure all over the city, meant in part to enforce the idea that their base has grown from upper class enclaves that were the base of the opposition in the similar clashes that shook the country in 2014, to a rage at inflation, hunger and insecurity that spans class boundaries and neighborhood lines. The massive march clashed with security forces on a blocked highway for hours, as well as many other smaller conflicts with police and soldiers throughout the city, where there were heavy exchanges of tear gas, rubber bullets, Molotov cocktails and stones. Two Venezuelan students, one 17 and one 23 were killed in clashes across the country yesterday, both shot reportedly by pro-government civilian groups, and a national guard soldier was killed by what governement reports say was a sniper last night

  • July 4 2019. Caracas, Venezuela. Aracelis’ daughter Genesis with her son Jaziel. Genesis was present for both of her brothers murders. She’s good with computers and helps the families file for online government bonus and other internet needs which many cant navigate. She’s finishing her high school degree and then plans to go to Colombia.

  • February 24 2019, Cucuta Colombia. Anthony Arteago, 20, was wounded by a blast of birdshot from Venezuelan forces on the Simon Bolivar bridge the day before. After a planned day of action to bring humanitarian aid to Venezuela that resulted in violent clashes on the borders between Venezuela and Colombia, Venezuelan closed its borders and broke off relations with Colombia. Many Venezuelans that came to Cucuta for the aid concert and events, as well as many who travel between the two countries between home and work frequently, found themselves stranded in Cucuta, or in the case of some protesters, afraid if they go home they ill be put in prison. Around the busy bridge of Simon Bolivar, which had erupted in protests the day before, Venezuelan refugees mixed with stranded protesters and volunteers, many living on the street or in temporary rooms for rent and shelters near by. With the border closed, those who make their living by transporting various things across the border were stranded and many going hungry. Protesters continued to watch across the bridge, as reports of armed colectivos threatened from the other side, and a few Venezuelan soldiers came across to desert the army raising cheers. The mood was uncertain, as Colombian police controlled the area to avoid another day of protests and violence.

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When I return to Venezuela from the US, people ask me if Trump is really going to invade, sometimes hopeful, sometimes frightened, sometimes enraged. I first went to Venezuela in 2014, to photograph stories about civil unrest, that I soon realized sometimes reinforce a reductive understanding of the country, by making it look like chaos, violence, and hunger are things that happen in a vaccuum, not the stunning and vibrant place I know and love\r\n\r\nEver since, I\u2019ve been searching for context, and trying to show the contradictions and causes that have brought a once oil rich tropical paradise to its knees. Trying to show the normalcy, and surrealism, that punctuates daily life in a failing state. 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A National Police officer behind a riot shield is pushed backwards by a crush of demonstrators during the March of the Empty Pots, which coincided with International Women's Day.","caption_raw":"March 6th, 2014. Caracas, Venezuela. A National Police officer behind a riot shield is pushed backwards by a crush of demonstrators during the March of the Empty Pots, which coincided with International Women's Day.","deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":349889,"filename":"\/users\/25709\/grant-submissions\/17852\/pzh7zad4aed68d23.JPG","created_at":"2019-10-16 16:47:35","updated_at":"2019-10-16 16:47:35"},"story_block":null},{"id":230016,"grant_submission_id":17852,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":349881,"position":9,"created_at":"2019-10-16 16:46:52","updated_at":"2019-10-16 21:26:40","caption":"June 27 2019. Caracas, Venezuela. Dayerlin Mejia ties a string around her ankles out of boredom at home at her mother\u2019s house in the barrio. Dayerlin\u2019s brothers are in jail and her fathers is not in the picture. Her mother makes a living selling coffee by the cup out of a thermos in front of a police station in Caracas most nights starting at 3am. She don\u2019t study, and the family struggles to put food on the table.","caption_raw":"June 27 2019. Caracas, Venezuela. Dayerlin Mejia ties a string around her ankles out of boredom at home at her mother\u2019s house in the barrio. Dayerlin\u2019s brothers are in jail and her fathers is not in the picture. Her mother makes a living selling coffee by the cup out of a thermos in front of a police station in Caracas most nights starting at 3am. 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Margareth, center, had to run out mid day to take a test at the university- missing one of the sets and sacrificing a third of her pay.","caption_raw":"Caracas, Venezuela. March 14, 2018: Cheerleaders from the SecoCheers troup, a freelance cheerleading group that makes its living peddling dancing and happiness at pro sports games across Venezuela as well as private events, rehearse back stage at a cryptocurrency conference at a luxury hotel. Venezuela had recently launched its own crypto coin, the Petro, and the conference discussed usage possibilities and cyber security. The team danced during breaks between sessions, occasionally pulling attendees up to dance with them. Margareth, center, had to run out mid day to take a test at the university- missing one of the sets and sacrificing a third of her pay.","deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":349905,"filename":"\/users\/25709\/grant-submissions\/17852\/pzh86e8f678cf546.JPG","created_at":"2019-10-16 16:51:50","updated_at":"2019-10-16 16:51:50"},"story_block":null},{"id":230029,"grant_submission_id":17852,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":349894,"position":11,"created_at":"2019-10-16 16:47:46","updated_at":"2019-10-16 21:26:40","caption":"June 10, 2016. In the poor barrio of La Vega, a violent protest against food shortages and some reported looting broke out. After National Police pushed back the protesters and a gun fight broke out between police and local gangsters in the chaos, residents scurried to and from their homes under the sound of gunfire.","caption_raw":"June 10, 2016. In the poor barrio of La Vega, a violent protest against food shortages and some reported looting broke out. 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His friend Yandeiver\u2019s family has even less than Pepe\u2019s, and often hangs around the house at meal times.","caption_raw":"July 2 2019. Caracas, Venezuela. Pepe and Yandeiver practice batting with neighborhood boys on the roof of Pepe\u2019s house, hitting into an old box spring. Pepe\u2019s father was a semi-pro baseball player who never made it to the big leagues. He now coaches teams for his sons, hoping that one of them could make it as a player and save them from poverty. Pepe is talented, but recruiters say he needs to grow and put on weight to be considered. He\u2019s 14, having spent critical growth years in the food insecure crisis. His friend Yandeiver\u2019s family has even less than Pepe\u2019s, and often hangs around the house at meal times.","deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":349883,"filename":"\/users\/25709\/grant-submissions\/17852\/pzh7ybd2e90a40bd.JPG","created_at":"2019-10-16 16:47:00","updated_at":"2019-10-16 16:47:00"},"story_block":null},{"id":230042,"grant_submission_id":17852,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":349907,"position":14,"created_at":"2019-10-16 16:53:07","updated_at":"2019-10-16 21:26:41","caption":"February 23 2019, Cucuta Colombia. \r\n\r\nVenezuelan opposition protesters convened at the Ure\u00f1a Bridge from Cucuta to Tachira, Venezuela on Saturday to protest the government of President Nicolas Maduro and attempt to deliver truckloads of humanitarian aid which opposition leader Juan Guaido has called for to address the countries profound humanitarian crisis. When Venezuelan National police refused to allow the aid to pass, the situation on the bridge quickly escalated, as protesters hurled rocks and Venezuelan police shot tear gas, bird shot across the narrow bridge for most of the afternoon. Gunfire was heard on the Venezuelan side. Over 200 protesters were injured on the Colombian side during the day. When the aid trucks attempted to pass to the Venezuelan side, they were burned by the National Guard. Several Venezuelan Soliders defected and turned themselves in throughout the day to Colombian authorities.","caption_raw":"February 23 2019, Cucuta Colombia. \r\n\r\nVenezuelan opposition protesters convened at the Ure\u00f1a Bridge from Cucuta to Tachira, Venezuela on Saturday to protest the government of President Nicolas Maduro and attempt to deliver truckloads of humanitarian aid which opposition leader Juan Guaido has called for to address the countries profound humanitarian crisis. When Venezuelan National police refused to allow the aid to pass, the situation on the bridge quickly escalated, as protesters hurled rocks and Venezuelan police shot tear gas, bird shot across the narrow bridge for most of the afternoon. Gunfire was heard on the Venezuelan side. Over 200 protesters were injured on the Colombian side during the day. When the aid trucks attempted to pass to the Venezuelan side, they were burned by the National Guard. Several Venezuelan Soliders defected and turned themselves in throughout the day to Colombian authorities.","deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":349907,"filename":"\/users\/25709\/grant-submissions\/17852\/pzh88i95c1e155c7.JPG","created_at":"2019-10-16 16:53:07","updated_at":"2019-10-16 16:53:07"},"story_block":null},{"id":230019,"grant_submission_id":17852,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":349884,"position":15,"created_at":"2019-10-16 16:47:05","updated_at":"2019-10-16 21:26:41","caption":"July 5 2019. Caracas, Venezuela. The girls of a small barrio community prepare for their dance performance to inaugurate their comedor, a community soup kitchen for children. Most of the dancers will also be eating there every day.","caption_raw":"July 5 2019. Caracas, Venezuela. The girls of a small barrio community prepare for their dance performance to inaugurate their comedor, a community soup kitchen for children. Most of the dancers will also be eating there every day.","deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":349884,"filename":"\/users\/25709\/grant-submissions\/17852\/pzh7ygc239ec9635.JPG","created_at":"2019-10-16 16:47:05","updated_at":"2019-10-16 16:47:05"},"story_block":null},{"id":230023,"grant_submission_id":17852,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":349888,"position":16,"created_at":"2019-10-16 16:47:33","updated_at":"2019-10-16 21:26:41","caption":"April 19 2017. CARACAS, Venezuela. Pro-Government Militia members pose for a portrait at the Chavista rally. 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The massive march clashed with security forces on a blocked highway for hours, as well as many other smaller conflicts with police and soldiers throughout the city, where there were heavy exchanges of tear gas, rubber bullets, Molotov cocktails and stones. Two Venezuelan students, one 17 and one 23 were killed in clashes across the country yesterday, both shot reportedly by pro-government civilian groups, and a national guard soldier was killed by what governement reports say was a sniper last night","caption_raw":"April 19 2017. CARACAS, Venezuela. Pro-Government Militia members pose for a portrait at the Chavista rally. On Wednesday morning, demonstrators on both sides of Venezuela's extremely polarized political spectrum took to the streets in the thousands all over the country. 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She\u2019s finishing her high school degree and then plans to go to Colombia.","caption_raw":"July 4 2019. Caracas, Venezuela. Aracelis\u2019 daughter Genesis with her son Jaziel. Genesis was present for both of her brothers murders. She\u2019s good with computers and helps the families file for online government bonus and other internet needs which many cant navigate. She\u2019s finishing her high school degree and then plans to go to Colombia.","deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":349882,"filename":"\/users\/25709\/grant-submissions\/17852\/pzh7yb6e742a385a.JPG","created_at":"2019-10-16 16:46:59","updated_at":"2019-10-16 16:46:59"},"story_block":null},{"id":230031,"grant_submission_id":17852,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":349896,"position":18,"created_at":"2019-10-16 16:47:52","updated_at":"2019-10-16 21:26:41","caption":"February 24 2019, Cucuta Colombia. Anthony Arteago, 20, was wounded by a blast of birdshot from Venezuelan forces on the Simon Bolivar bridge the day before. \r\n\r\nAfter a planned day of action to bring humanitarian aid to Venezuela that resulted in violent clashes on the borders between Venezuela and Colombia, Venezuelan closed its borders and broke off relations with Colombia. Many Venezuelans that came to Cucuta for the aid concert and events, as well as many who travel between the two countries between home and work frequently, found themselves stranded in Cucuta, or in the case of some protesters, afraid if they go home they ill be put in prison.\r\n\r\nAround the busy bridge of Simon Bolivar, which had erupted in protests the day before, Venezuelan refugees mixed with stranded protesters and volunteers, many living on the street or in temporary rooms for rent and shelters near by. With the border closed, those who make their living by transporting various things across the border were stranded and many going hungry. Protesters continued to watch across the bridge, as reports of armed colectivos threatened from the other side, and a few Venezuelan soldiers came across to desert the army raising cheers. The mood was uncertain, as Colombian police controlled the area to avoid another day of protests and violence.","caption_raw":"February 24 2019, Cucuta Colombia. Anthony Arteago, 20, was wounded by a blast of birdshot from Venezuelan forces on the Simon Bolivar bridge the day before. \r\n\r\nAfter a planned day of action to bring humanitarian aid to Venezuela that resulted in violent clashes on the borders between Venezuela and Colombia, Venezuelan closed its borders and broke off relations with Colombia. Many Venezuelans that came to Cucuta for the aid concert and events, as well as many who travel between the two countries between home and work frequently, found themselves stranded in Cucuta, or in the case of some protesters, afraid if they go home they ill be put in prison.\r\n\r\nAround the busy bridge of Simon Bolivar, which had erupted in protests the day before, Venezuelan refugees mixed with stranded protesters and volunteers, many living on the street or in temporary rooms for rent and shelters near by. With the border closed, those who make their living by transporting various things across the border were stranded and many going hungry. Protesters continued to watch across the bridge, as reports of armed colectivos threatened from the other side, and a few Venezuelan soldiers came across to desert the army raising cheers. 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