For Better, For Worse: a love story in queens
(2018 - ongoing)
When I began my work with Kim and Mat, a gay couple in Queens, NY, I thought I was telling their love story. Mat lives with severe bipolar disorder, and Kim was facing an difficult medical diagnosis. In the time I've been working with them, the deep threads of their lives have enmeshed and interweaved around the story I am making. From facing eviction, to living with HIV/AIDS, to navigating a difficult and demoralizing bureaucracy meant to help people but often falling short – life is always more complicated than what we first perceive. Though their love story ended when Mat left in July, I continue my work with Kim because I feel it's important to bear witness to a life experience that many live – pushed close to the edge and acutely aware of the frailty of the safety net.