Milwaukee Beautiful: I am a Sister, A Daughter, a Friend by Amanda Avalos
I am a sister, a daughter, a friend, a student, a girlfriend, a mentee, a mentor, a dreamer. I am a Mexican woman who was born in Chicago into a family rooted in love.
I am a combination of ancestral wisdom and constellations of compassion with aspirations of being centered in love and humanity.
I am interested in the intersections of social justice and public health, with a passion for street art, poetry, and photography.
I am committed to challenging myself and the status quo by dismantling oppression with raw love and honesty. I aspire to be a person of integrity and compassion, with heart and a commitment to social justice and equity.
I have recently started a collaborative, Milwaukee Beautiful, a movement that arose naturally from my photography and the perspective that Milwaukee has beautiful, resilient stories to share. It has evolved into a recognizable, intentional celebration of the sides of Milwaukee that are not typically represented in public media; true depictions of a raw Milwaukee, a city with beautiful people and stories. Milwaukee Beautiful.
Photography has become a therapy for me. It is the medium I choose most often when representing Milwaukee Beautiful, and is how I tell my story.
The following video is a brief culmination of expressions of how I feel. About myself, Milwaukee, life, relationships, our community, our beautiful, hurting world.