Nancy Chuang/Invisible Hands that Feed New York: Luis

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Nancy Chuang/Invisible Hands that Feed New York: Luis

150.00

Gelatin silver print, 13.5 x 9.5 matted 16x20.

LUIS
Luis named his street cart “El Sabroso de Aracataca” to honor Colombian hero Gabriel García Márquez. He works overnight while blasting classic rock from a boombox, attracting a loyal, drunken fanbase with his griddled arepas, stuffed fat with cheese and topped with a different cheese. Luis danced and choreographed ballet in his youth, but immigrated in his 30s with sponsorship from his brother. After years working on a Salvadoran woman’s unauthorized cart in Corona, he eventually obtained his own illegal cart. Due to strict limits set in the early 80s, Luis waited 18 years to legally own a permit that restricts him to selling in Queens. At 67, he never married, feeling that he couldn’t bring a wife into this subsistence lifestyle. He lives with roommates, rents space in a neighbor’s garage for his cart, and prefers not to use his free time cooking meals for himself.

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