Phoenix Transect Project

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I first met Sally at a yogurt shop. Inside, she divulged to me some of the most personal and painful periods of her life.

I listened to her recall memories of poverty, a drug infested culture, years of neglect and maltreatment, multiple “father figures,” and repeated physical assaults against her. She told me about the times her mother left home, the drug deals she witnessed, and the times she woke to the sound of an armed man stomping on her roof.

It seems apparent that she had an abusive life, but this was not always so black and white. This was her life. It was her ‘normal.’ It was all that she knew.

To paint a fuller picture, she gave me snapshots from her childhood. I curated these images and have displayed them in conjunction with my own images. Together, the photographs represent Sally’s experiences with abuse filtered through my own perspective and journey as I came to know her.

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Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: Scan from Sally's childhood scrapbook
Description: This is a scan of a page from Sally's childhood scrapbook. The handwriting is Sally's and was written in the present.
Date: unknown
Keywords: Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol, Archival Material, Artifact, Demolition, Development, Domestic Violence, Human Rights, People, Poverty, Private Space, Recovery, Residential, Social Justice, Un-developed, All Images

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Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: Letter from her Mother
Description: A scanned note found in Sally's childhood photo album written to her from her mother.
Date: unknown
Keywords: Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol, Archival Material, Artifact, Domestic Violence, Human Rights, Interior Space, People, Poverty, Private Space, Recovery, Social Justice, Un-developed, All Images

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Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: It's not what you think
Description: A snapshot from Sally's childhood.
Date: unknown
Keywords: Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol, Demolition, Development, Domestic Violence, Housing, Human Rights, Interior Space, People, Poverty, Private Space, Recovery, Residential, Social Justice, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: Sally with her Mother Presently
Description:
Date: 11/2013
Keywords: Abuse, Activism, Addiction, Alcohol, Backyard, Domestic Violence, Human Rights, Interview, People, Poverty, Public Space, Recovery, Residential, Social Justice, Un-developed, All Images

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Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: Evidence of her Mother's bruises
Description: This is a scan from Sally's childhood. Her mother, in the right of the image, carried this picture in her purse for years as evidence in case she were to receive a fatal injury.
Date: unknown
Keywords: Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol, Archival Material, Artifact, Demolition, Domestic Violence, Housing, Human Rights, Interior Space, Interview, People, Poverty, Private Space, Recovery, Residential, Social Justice, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: Where it happened
Description: I photographed her old house, and then Sally wrote her response on top of the image.
Date: 2/2014
Keywords: Abuse, Activism, Addiction, Alcohol, Archival Material, Artifact, Backyard, Demolition, Desert, Development, Domestic Violence, Housing, Human Rights, Interview, People, Private Space, Public Space, Recovery, Residential, Social Justice, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

ContributorPhoto

Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: Bedtime
Description: A snapshot from Sally's childhood.
Date: unknown
Keywords: Abuse, Archival Material, Artifact, Demolition, Development, Domestic Violence, Housing, Human Rights, Interior Space, People, Poverty, Private Space, Recovery, Residential, Social Justice, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: How she feels about this place
Description: The original image is of Sally's house and her handwriting on top of that. She took a print of this picture, ripped it up, and asked to scan the remains.
Date: 2/2014
Keywords: Abuse, Activism, Addiction, Alcohol, Archival Material, Artifact, Backyard, Demolition, Desert, Domestic Violence, Housing, Human Rights, Interior Space, Interview, People, Poverty, Private Space, Public Space, Recovery, Residential, Social Justice, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

ContributorPhoto

Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: It is what it seems
Description: A snapshot from Sally's childhood.
Date: unknown
Keywords: Abuse, Addiction, Archival Material, Artifact, Domestic Violence, Human Rights, Interior Space, People, Poverty, Private Space, Public Space, Recovery, Social Justice, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: Questions and Answers
Description: A snapshot from Sally's childhood.
Date: unknown
Keywords: Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol, Archival Material, Artifact, Domestic Violence, Housing, Human Rights, Interior Space, People, Poverty, Private Space, Recovery, Residential, Social Justice, Un-developed, All Images

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Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: Payment
Description: A snapshot from Sally's childhood.
Date: unknown
Keywords: Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol, Archival Material, Artifact, Domestic Violence, Housing, Human Rights, People, Private Space, Recovery, Residential, Social Justice, Un-developed, Urban, All Images

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Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: Happy Birthday
Description: A snapshot from Sally's childhood.
Date: unknown
Keywords: Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol, Archival Material, Artifact, Demolition, Domestic Violence, Housing, Human Rights, Interior Space, People, Poverty, Private Space, Recovery, Residential, Social Justice, Un-developed, All Images

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Contributor: Haylee Schiavo
Title: Self portrait with Sally
Description:
Date: 3/2014
Keywords: Abuse, Activism, Development, Domestic Violence, Housing, Human Rights, Interior Space, Interview, People, Private Space, Recovery, Residential, Social Justice, Urban, All Images

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