The third latin American Foto Festival comes to The Bronx

The Bronx Documentary Center, BDC, brings the third latin American Foto Festival from July 23rd through August 2nd which features large-scale photographs throughout the Melrose community by award-winning photographers from the Caribbean and Latin America.

The community will see works by artists from Colombia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile and Argentina with photos from a variety of long-term projects focusing on social issues. As part of the Festival, the BDC will hold virtual workshops, tours, and panel discussions for the online and Bronx community, home to thousands of Latinx immigrants.

Two of the photographers in this year’s Festival celebrate the role and strength of Latin American women. Luisa Dörr will show her images of cowgirls and rodeo life in Brazil, while Adriana Parrilla‘s work explores the cultural roots of Afro-identity in Puerto Rico. Eric Allende, co-founder of Migrar Photo, a major photographic platform in Chile, photographs the recent uprising there. These images will be shown across the street from Luján Agusti’s documentation of Payasos de Coatepec, a project created in Veracruz, Mexico on religion, colonialism and culture.

An exhibition of Venezualan photography by Adriana Loureiro Fernández reflecting on the violence, poverty, and political upheaval there, will be projected nightly on the BDC’s back patio and Jorge Panchoaga‘s project on Colombia’s Nasa indigenous communities will be projected on the corner of 151st Street and Courtlandt Ave.

The 18-member COVID LATAM collective will show their work on the pervasive effects of COVID-19 in Latin America. The legendary Leo Goldstein’s photographs of Spanish Harlem from the 1950’s will be exhibited on the BDC’s fence; across the street, César Rodríguez’s black and white photos created in the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico will be displayed at the 151st Street community garden.

The Latin American Foto Festival’s outdoor display takes place in the BDC’s Melrose neighborhood, one of New York’s fastest growing and most dynamic communities. With installations along city sidewalks, school exteriors, and in community gardens, the Festival will be seen by thousands of residents each day. It is one of New York’s most exciting and important cultural displays of the year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the indoor galleries will remain closed: this photo festival will be made up of outdoor banners and projections as well as the virtual component viewable at Bronxdoc.org.

Curated by Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera.

You can find the information here and the places where you can see the exhibition outdoors: https://www.bronxdoc.org/exhibits/3rd-annual-latin-american-foto-festival/detail

The 3rd Annual Latin American Foto Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Con Edison.

Sandra Escallón

Sandra Escallón is an award-winning bilingual journalist based in New York City. She is passionate about the arts, culture, social and environmental issues. She has experience as a writer, journalist, digital producer, and reporter. Sandra wants to make a difference in the world by focusing on the importance of art and cultural events and highlighting the beauty behind every person and culture. For Sandra, believing in her dreams, listening to her heart, God and love are the key to overcome any obstacle.

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