The Bronx Documentary Center’s (BDC) second Annual Latin American Foto Festival will bring award-winning photographers from throughout the Caribbean and Latin America to exhibit their photographs, create installations and hold workshops and panel discussions.
Nearly all the photographers involved in this year’s festival live and work in their home countries. They will also be holding workshops, tours, and panel discussions for the BDC’s community, which is home to many thousands of Latino immigrants. Many of these events will be conducted in Spanish.
Two of the photographers in this year’s festival celebrate the role and strength of women throughout Latin America. Citlali Fabian will show her large-format portraits of Mestiza women in Mexico while Johis Alarcón explores the cultural roots of Afro-Ecuadorian communities.
Tonatiuh Cabello Móran, member of Costa Rican collective Colectivo Nómada, photographs intimate and offbeat celebrations of Catholicism throughout Latin America; his photos will be exhibited at Immaculate Conception Church, around the corner from the BDC.
Christopher Gregory documents La Ruta Del Progreso, a decrepit highway started in the 1950s to showcase Puerto Rico’s prosperity and modernization.
Two exhibitions of Venezualan photography expose the violence, poverty, and political upheaval that have driven an estimated three million to flee their homeland in the largest mass migration in recent Latin American history.
Another focus of this year’s festival will be Mexican and Central American photographers who explore the link between violence and migration. Fred Ramos of El Salvador and Luis Soto of Guatemala will exhibit long-term projects on this theme. Yael Martinez of Mexico and Andres Cardona of Colombia—who have both lost family members to death squads—explore the personal costs, much of it state-sponsored, to decades of violence.
The Latin American Foto Festival will take place in the Bronx’s Melrose neighborhood, one of New York’s fastest growing and most dynamic communities, with installations in the BDC gallery, the BDC Annex, parks, schools, gardens and along city sidewalks.
The exhibit features:
- Johis Alarcón, Ecuador
- Tomas Ayuso, Honduras
- Tonatiuh Cabello, Mexico
- Andres Cardona, Colombia
- Citlali Fabian, Mexico
- Fabiola Ferrero, Venezuela
- Christopher Gregory, Puerto Rico (featured image above)
- Yael Martinez, Mexico
- Fred Ramos, El Salvador
- Luis Soto, Guatemala
Curated by Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera.
Thrsday, July 11, 2019 | 07:00 – 09:00 p.m.
July 11-21, 2019
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | 04:00 – 08:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday | 01:00 – 05:00 p.m.
Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtland Avenue
Bronx, NY 10451