Nancy Chuang/Invisible Hands that Feed New York: Eliana

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Nancy Chuang/Invisible Hands that Feed New York: Eliana

150.00

Gelatin silver print, 13.5 x 9.5 matted 16x20.

ELIANA
When Eliana immigrated from Bolivia decades ago, obtaining a vending permit at the official price was easier. She’s built a solid relationship with her longtime garage, keeping the rent low. Her husband also works, and their children are nearly finished with university. So she sells her hot dogs no more than three days a week for 6-7 hours, preferring to use her time to meet with immigrant rights groups, protest in the streets, speak with City Council, or do outreach in the community—in this case, with a flirtatious vendor who invited her to tour his native Senegal. During Eliana’s youth, women were required to join the Bolivian military, which might have influenced her outsized fighting spirit. Most vendors work such long hours they can’t show up to voice their concerns with local government, but Eliana truly speaks on everyone’s behalf.

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