The unexpected victory of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States has forced Americans to question the “American identity”, largely shaped by a history that has yet to be resolved. Not since the Civil Rights movement of the sixties has the nation grappled with such a subject, brought to the forefront by issues that have marked the first year and a half of Trump’s presidency — immigration, racial inequality, gun violence, corporate political influence — to name a few. With an administration caught up in its own legal drama and political turmoil, citizens have been reluctant to look to the White House for guidance, instead taking it upon themselves to address these issues; however, they remain largely divided, bringing much uncertainty moving forward.
Gabriella Demczuk is a Lebanese-American photographer, printmaker and journalist based between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Born in Sweden, but raised in Luxembourg, Belgium and the United States, she studied fine arts and journalism at the George Washington University and photography at Parsons School of Art and Design in Paris. Her work, printed widely in American and international publications, has been recognized by The White House News Photographers Association, American Photography, The Society of Professional Journalists, Pictures of the Year International and the Magenta Foundation, amongst others.