Chris Boarts Larson Photo Column – Nausea, Amy’s Fist
Nausea in Tompkins Square Park, Lower East Side, New York City 1990, a year after the May Day Riots. Gentrification was in full swing. Housing rights issues were a hot topic in a neighborhood full of burnt-up buildings, empty lots, squatted buildings, and a history of immigrants and discord.
This photo of Amy with her fist in the air—a quiet moment in the midst of the franticness of the show—has always represented strength and power. It’s iconic. It resonates. It has been a favorite of many over the years and continues to be one of mine.
There is no better time to draw on the strength of women, the power of resistance, a rally for independence, and the ability to fight for what we believe in with a fist in the air.