Storae Michele as Artistic stylist | Costume designer, New Sanctuary: a film & ritual, directed by Andre' Daughtry | featuring Ricarrdo Valentine and Orlando Hunter of Brother(hood) Dance!--Judson Memorial Church, NY, NY, 2017.
As a costume designer, I fashioned garments for futuristic angels made from found objects and trash to be featured in a film project that addressed the inhumane treatment of immigrants. Following Ramesh, a Guyanese immigrant, the film records his walk to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices where he was required to check-in three times per week. I was deeply moved to have dressed the two angels who accompany Ramesh, adorn him with amulets, and dress his arrest anklet— a symbol of criminalization and the injury he incurred upon each visit. This procession took place in public, with the angels performing a public declaration of his humanity. It was groundbreaking to witness Ramesh walk in profound confidence in the busy streets of downtown NYC, and to watch crowds of people make room for him in a country where he struggled to find such space.
Top photo by Andre' Daughtry.