Rosem Morton
Rosem Morton
Rosem Morton

Since the onset of the pandemic, healthcare workers have been forced to operate in difficult conditions as they continue to save lives on the frontlines.

Nearly 32 percent of all the registered nurses who have died of COVID and related complications in the U.S. are of Filipino descent. In the New York-New Jersey area, Filipinos were hit especially hard since one in four works in healthcare.

Their stories often depict battle scenes, surrounded by death and helplessness, as hospitals continued to be overwhelmed with patients, compounded by staff and supply shortages. These healthcare workers reflect on the impactful moments of last year, sharing their stories of pain, courage and resilience.

Artist Bios

  • Rosem Morton

    Rosem Morton is a Filipina visual artist, nurse, and educator based in Baltimore, Maryland. Morton utilizes lens-based storytelling, and community engagement to examine intimacy, health, and resilience amidst the prevalence of gender violence and cultural displacement.

    Morton is a National Geographic Explorer, who has spoken at numerous institutions, and whose work has been published in National GeographicThe New York Times, The Washington Post, ProPublica, Reuters, NPR, and CNN. Morton is a member of Authority Collective, Women Photograph, and Women Photojournalists of Washington.


  • Photoville


    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

    By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

    Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.

    For more information about Photoville visit,

  • Friends of the Philippines

    Friends of the Philippines

FRIENDS, ART FOR HUMANITY: Reflections From Filipino American Frontline Healthcare Workers

 archive : 2021

Featuring: Rosem Morton

Presented by: Photoville, Friends of the Philippines
  • Photoville
  • Friends of the Philippines

Supported by:

  • Philippine Consulate General of New York
  • Philippines Airlines


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