Lunch Break, 2022

35mm transparency slideshow of 65 slides

Projected image dimensions variable

Ideal loop time: 10-12 minutes

Lunch Break is the photographic study of a men’s room located on the grounds of the San Jacinto monument park in the oil refinery town of La Porte, TX. This monument memorializes the Battle of San Jacinto, which is known to Texans as the birth of an independent Texas. Included in the slideshow are photographs of the surrounding town to emphasize how this particular park exists within the social landscape of Texas more broadly. The work aims to consider a state-run park whose ethos is based on the promise of freedom, by focusing on the brief, lunch-hour freedom of the people who find solace and connection in its obscure spaces.