This project explores Washington's most disenfranchised communities. East of the River takes its name from the poorest area of our nation's capital, which is bifurcated from the rest of the city by the Anacostia River, upon whose banks the local Native Americans once enjoyed rich fishing grounds. Today, when talking about Anacostia and East of the river communities, one is invariably talking about poverty, unemployment, and public assistance. Most people don’t know that this other part of Washington exists, that Washington itself embodies this paradox of modern society where rich and poor are becoming more stratified. Our people are some of the brightest and wealthiest in the nation, but here in Ward 8 we also have a level of poverty on par with Alabama. Of course there is much more than this simple reductionism, but a dissonance endures.
– Susana Raab