Detroit was once a thriving metropolis and the heart of the world's car manufacturing economy. In recent decades, the city has suffered a major economic and demographic decline and local crime rates are among the highest in the United States. Since its demise, the art and design world has sought to save the Michigan city by bringing the local community together to celebrate its people and heritage.
In her ongoing series Wandering In Place, Seattle-based American photographer Jennifer Garza-Cuen explores ideas of place, cultural memory, and inheritance. With her focus on Detroit, she wanted to document a sense of what the city and its people have been through.
She explains: "I am particularly interested in Detroit because it is a place that has experienced an active form of extreme erasure, of transience and of loss that has embedded itself on the psyche of those that live there and those that pass through.
"Decadence and erasure evokes a very specific pathos and Detroit's has reverberated around the globe as a kind of symbolic foreshadowing of the imminent end of an American Empire. That said; this is an ongoing project in which my intention is to engage the complexity of Detroit as a lived space, as well as its supposed fall from grace."