My Dear Americans is a multimedia project that includes photographs, video work and interactive installations. The pieces in this project are in response to gun violence in the United States. This body of work is influenced by my perspective as a mother and as a Mexican immigrant living in the US for the last eight years. Through the use of multiple materials, I provoke the audience to think specifically about gun laws, white privilege and the effect of gun violence on children. This work draws on propagandistic artworks, and has been influenced by Felix-Gonzalez Torres, Jenny Holzer and activist artists and groups such as Barbara Kruger, The Yes Men and The Guerrilla Girls.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Installations (Art)--United States--Themes, motives; Violence in art; Firearms--Pictorial works; Racism in art

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Student Type


Degree Name

Photography and Related Media (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CAD)


Christine Shank

Advisor/Committee Member

Catherine Zuromskis


RIT – Main Campus

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