Nancy Chuang/Invisible Hands that Feed New York: Adel

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Nancy Chuang/Invisible Hands that Feed New York: Adel

150.00

Gelatin silver print, 13.5 x 9.5 matted 16x20.

ADEL
It’s not about making money, Adel says. Before coming to New York, he already had a successful career as a database engineer in Algeria’s Ministry of Health, but his training and education only made a partial contribution. Connections to the FLN (National Liberation Front) are of utmost importance in Algeria. Maintaining those connections becomes burdensome over time. So now, as Adel works on his English and self-confidence, adds programming skills in his spare time, earns just enough to cover the basics and occasionally struggles with loneliness, he is relieved to feel like a free man. After several months working with a group of smoothie carts in Midtown and Times Square, his hours were reduced. He opted to quit, bounced around to a few other carts, and is currently partnering with a Moroccan friend to run a halal truck near the Columbia University campus.

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