Requiem for the Innocent, El Paso and Beyond (2019)
We have been driven to collaboratively assemble this work, with sad hearts and empathy, to help remember and honor all the victims of senseless acts of violence perpetrated against the innocent, in El Paso and elsewhere. We are tired of hearing the stories of guns being used against groups of random victims, too often for how they look, speak, worship, identify, or any such rationalization. Diversity in the world is something to celebrate, not fear or hate.
Mni Wiconi, Honoring the Water Protectors (2016-2017)
I supported the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies with the indigenous led movement resisting placing the Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River, their water source.
House/Home, A Work in Progress (2013-2016)
As I travel across the country and internationally I am struck by the pervasive presence of extreme economic inequality—a condition that seems to be worsening, especially here in America.
An Image/Audio Composition
All photographs by John Willis
Audio composition by Matan Rubinstein
Toule Sleng (2009-2011)
Tuol Sleng the genocide museum, also known as S-21 a Khmer Rouge torture and execution prison from 1975 – 1979 where estimates on executed prisoners range from 14,000 – 20,000.
A View from the Rez (1993 – 2011)
These photographs were made while visiting Pine Ridge Reservation, tribal home of the Oglala Lakota Sioux People.
Deteriorating Media (2010-2011)
The series of images titled, Disintegrating Media were all taken at the home of my Lakota friend Leroy of Lost Dog Creek who has been incarcerated for over six years now.