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After making the homeless portraits, I still wanted to continue doing portraits.
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An artist is nothing without his or her obsessions, and I have mine.
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Any critic can have his or her own interpretation.
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As a former Catholic, and as someone who even today is not opposed to being called a Christian, I felt I had every right to use the symbols of the Church and resented being told not to.
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As far as I am concerned, I wasn't going to let Jesse Helms or any other politician dictate what direction my work should take.
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As we grew older, the terms changed and we became Hispanic.
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Being born, especially being born a person of color, is a political act in itself.
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But I am just a human being - and it is hard for human beings to be symbols.
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But it is also important that I identify with my subjects.
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Collectors would purchase work about people who they would probably never have a relationship with, but are safe for them to admire from a distance.
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Everything you do from that point on is political without having to be called political.
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I am an artist first and a photographer second.
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I am drawn to Christ but I have real problems with the Catholic Church.
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I am just an artist.
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I am still trying to do my work as I see fit, which I see as coming from a very personal point of view with broader implications.
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I don't go out of my way to be critical of the Church in my work, because I think that I make icons worthy of the Church.
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I don't think that because I am Hispanic I should therefore do Hispanic work.
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I hadn't realized there existed that separation between those who are bothered by the term Hispanic and those who are not.
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I have always felt like an underdog; I root for the underdog.
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I have always felt that I am the sum total of my parts.
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I have always felt that my work is religious, not sacrilegious.
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I have always prided myself as someone who got along with people who didn't get along with each other.
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I have never been able to see myself as fitting into one category, and I have never been able to limit my contact with people to one group of people.
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I have never voted in my life.
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I like Church furniture.
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I like going to Church for aesthetic reasons, rather than spiritual ones.
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I like the aesthetics of the Church.
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I like to believe that rather than destroy icons, I make new ones.
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I said I wasn't sure, but that the best thing I could do for the race, or for any race for that matter, is to do my work.
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I think if the Vatican is smart, someday they'll collect my work.
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I usually refer to myself as Hispanic.
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I was told that no Hispanic artist had gotten this much coverage in over ten years.
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I went to San Francisco last year to give a lecture, a few months after the controversy. The minute I got off the train reporters appeared who wanted to talk to me and all sorts of interviews were set up.
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I would say that there are many individuals in the Church who appreciate it and who do not have a problem with it.
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If I didn't directly respond to it, it was my way of ignoring them and continuing my own merry way.
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If I had just been a white photographer taking pictures of the Klan it wouldn't have been very interesting for me.
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In fact, I recently had a show in Marseilles in an actual church that also functions as an exhibition space, and the work looked great there.
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In my work, I explore my own Catholic obsessions.
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In other words, I like to take the pictures in my head that may or may not have anything to do with photography.
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It could be that the New York art world is so cosmopolitan and so international that artists doing this sort of work tend to want to be here rather than on the West Coast.
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Look at my apartment. I am drawn to the symbols of the Church.
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Maybe I am now trying to reach out to people and in some way connect with them in what I hope is a more positive light.
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My use of the medium - photography - is in some ways traditional.
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My work has social implications, it functions in a social arena.
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My work is intensely personal.
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Now, I realize that I can no longer function as a human being in a vacuum.
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Oftentimes we love the thing we hate and vice versa.
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One of the things that I am happy about in my life as an artist is that I am not considered a Hispanic artist.
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One of the things that the controversy made me aware of was that I have always been a loner.
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People have to find ways of explaining the work.
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Some people have compared the Klan images to ecclesiastical figures.
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Sometimes I don't reach out enough, so they have to fill in the void.
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The idea of showing the Klan and the homeless pictures together was exciting. I like the tension between the two.
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The students I met in Boulder were very politicized and used the term Latino or Chicano.
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There have been times in my life where I have been fairly antisocial.
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Unfortunately, the Church's position on most contemporary issues makes it hard to take them seriously.
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When I was a kid, we were all Spanish.
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Whenever possible, I operate outside the system.
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