Hearing Me, Hearing God explores themes of self-connectedness, stillness, and finding God within oneself. The project is based on the pursuit of knowing one’s true self despite the ups and downs of everyday life.

This project features environmental portraits of photographer Gabriel Rivera’s loved ones in their own sacred space, places where they spend time alone. The subjects are surrounded by portraits of themselves, which serve as physical reminders of the pursuit of knowing one’s self. Rivera highlights the feelings of pride, purpose, clarity, and the trauma that his subjects confront in their time alone.

How to View

During the day, the installment can be viewed on monitors inside the ICP Museum and during evening hours, images are literally “projected” onto the windows of the ICP Museum; they can be viewed from the sidewalk outside the Museum and are most visible after sunset. Learn more about Projected.

About the Artist

Gabriel Rivera is a 25-year-old, documentary photographer based in New York City. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Rivera works primarily with medium-format black-and-white film. Rivera’s work centers mainly around themes of human interaction, familial legacy, and capturing the individual essence through portraiture.


Image: © Gabriel Rivera