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Cassi AlexandraBy Cassi Alexandra
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Cassi AlexandraBy Cassi Alexandra
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About

This is an intimate documentation of the Orlando LGBTQ+ community, which cultivates healing through the power of storytelling.

In the wake of the Pulse massacre on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, 'We Are Family' examines the pervasiveness of violence and the healing process a community goes through after a mass shooting. It aims to create an understanding of a community overwhelmed by grief, address the idea of what Americans have accepted as normal in our culture and elevate consciousness about the damaging legacy we are leaving future generations.

This project is a portrait of the recovery process a community goes through after a mass shooting in America; a composite of over 25 long-form interviews and intimate portraits of a selection of lives affected by the Pulse Nightclub massacre. They are survivors; members of victim’s families, local religious leaders, Orlando based civic and political figures, as well as individuals I attended Pulse with 9 years prior.

JT and Jenica
JT and Jenica

THE ORLANDO LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY WAS MY FIRST FAMILY, my first home and the first time I felt safe enough to love.

WE ARE FAMILY is the project that poured out of the moment I watched JT walk down the aisle towards the woman she adored, Jenica, two weeks after the Pulse Nightclub Massacre. Seconds before she walked out to the beach to say her vows I told her, "I am your family." 

When I began this project I first spoke with Rae and Nay, a local newly engaged couple. Nay told me a story about an interaction she had at work where a customer asked: “Are you, family?” After responding yes, he embraced her. Nay had to explain to her coworker, “in the gay community, 'family' is used to connect with each other, to let each other know "hey we’re the same and we’re in this together. We’ve been through similar things.”

Nay and Rea
Nay and Rea

My name is Cassi Alexandra, I am a Queer independent documentary photographer. My work has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, and The Washington Post, among other global and national media outlets. I am a proud, born-and-raised Floridian, growing up between both city and country in Boca Raton and High Springs. I received a Bachelor's degree in documentary and fine art photography from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies. I interned and later freelanced for The Orlando Sentinel in 2009.

This project and the people I’ve had the honor to meet and listen to have provided me with an avenue for personal discovery and healing. Through this work, I have witnessed the healing power of storytelling beyond what I had imagined possible.

Cassi and JT at Pulse Nightclub in 2007    ||   Photo by JT Karol
Cassi and JT at Pulse Nightclub in 2007 || Photo by JT Karol

THE DETAILS: 

To coincide with WE ARE FAMILY’s launch, I will premier the storytelling platform, Heal Your Story, to serve as a place for readers to congregate and heal by sharing their stories, together. 

WE ARE FAMILY has been featured in the news media by the following outlets: 

The Washington Post (June 9, 2017)

ABC News (June 12, 2017)

National Public Radio (December 13, 2016)

Buzzfeed (June 12, 2018) 

WMFE Intersection Interview (July 10, 2018)

Portions of WE ARE FAMILY have been featured in museums and photography festivals including:

• The Chiang Mai Photography Festival, February 3 to 17, 2017

• Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography in Wales, May 2017

• Southeast Museum of Photography, July 11 to September 20, 2017

• UCF Gallery Resilience: Remembering Pulse, June 8 to 30, 2017

The project has also begun booking solo shows as part of a traveling exhibit and will include artist talks and book signings, which will begin in 2019 at The Stonewall National Museum.

Project Website: www.wearefamily.cassialexandra.com // Personal Website: www.cassialexandra.com 

Page count: 140  Size: 9" x 12"

Enamel Pin Designs in collaboration with Art Producer Erica Sellers: 

Gender Fluid ~ LGBTQ+ Unity ~ Heal Your Story
Gender Fluid ~ LGBTQ+ Unity ~ Heal Your Story

Please be sure to let me know which image(s) you'd like by name: 

Large Print Options (5x7 or larger):

Drag at Southern Drag at Southern
Drag at Southern Drag at Southern
JT and Jenica
JT and Jenica
Blue
Blue
Nay and Rea
Nay and Rea
Brandon
Brandon
Drag at Southern 2
Drag at Southern 2

Instant Film (available for 5x7 prints only) : 

American LGBT Flag
American LGBT Flag
Pulse Sign
Pulse Sign
Love Can Conquer
Love Can Conquer
Pulse Tattoo
Pulse Tattoo
#OrlandoLove
#OrlandoLove

(Song used in the video) Pulse by Chakra Khan - This song was written and recorded months before the Pulse Massacre. But it was performed - for the very first time - across town, just three hours before the events of June 12, 2016. 

Risks and challenges

There is always a possibility of a delay; force majeure. But my art producer and I have met with printers and binders already to ensure the success of this project once funded.

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