Yesica Prado
Home Is Where Your Heart Is, 2020

b. 1992, Mexico City
Lives and works in Berkeley

In partnership with CatchLight and the San Francisco Public Press
Inkjet luster photo prints

Yesica Prado’s photojournalism project, Home Is Where Your Heart Is, looks at the culture of vehicular living in the Bay Area, examining how policies and regulations such as overnight parking bans are affecting people living in their cars and RVs in Berkeley and San Francisco. This work is part of the CatchLight Local Initiative, which connects visual storytellers with local newsrooms and community members to strengthen trust, spark community dialogue, and share new representations of social issues.

Prado lost her housing in San Francisco while she was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. She came to the Berkeley Marina and joined a community of vehicular residents already residing there. Together they have created a network of support for one another, showing the empathy, resilience, and kindness present even in the face of precarious living.

Home Is Where Your Heart Is is part of Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America?, an art and civic experience intended to drive awareness and mobilize the diverse communities of the Bay Area around the urgent, long-term impact of the 2020 US Census.
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