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In 2010, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs awarded me a Cultural Exchange International Grant. The funding enabled me to spend two months in Bogotá as the artist-in-residence at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. While in Bogotá, I exhibited Wanton, 2011, at Galería Sextante. I crafted an overwrought ultra-baroque floral aesthetic in the imagery and video to question predominantly women laborers' working conditions in the global Colombian floriculture industry. I returned to this subject in 2013, when Mercadito & Mentidero invited me to develop Flores Para El Trueque, where I worked as a flower laborer during the Sunday Bogotá market. In 2017, I furthered the narrative of Flores Para El Trueque in collaboration with No Lugar – Arte Contemporáneo and the environmental arts activist organization La Huerta y La Maquina in Quito. The exhibition included 11 archival photographic intervention prints interpolating imagery from historic California and Ecuadorian flower farms to portray an imaginary place. I documented stories told by retired farmers in California and one with narratives shared by floriculture laborers who currently work in Cayambe, Ecuador.