En Foco Presents Nueva Luz Foto Legacies Fellowships I

En Foco Presents Nueva Luz Foto Legacies Fellowships I
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 6-8pm
Gulf + Western Gallery
721 Broadway (at Waverly Place)
This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.
Photo ID is required for entrance to all NYU buildings.

The current issue of Nueva Luz, highlighting the five awardees of En Foco’s 2016 Photography Fellowship, was the inspiration for this two-month exhibition at the Gulf and Western Gallery at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, beginning Thursday, November 17, 2016. The “Fellows,” all New York City residents, are Anthony Hamboussi, Tommy Kha, Adeline Lulo, Danny R. Peralta and Lawrence Sumulong. The exhibition is curated by Leenda Bonilla and on is view through Saturday, January 14, 2017.

In Anthony Hamboussi’s Cairo Ring Road series, the photographer concentrates on the economic and environmental devastation in the construction of cities in the desert of Egypt. Although the people of Egypt are absent from these photographs, Hamboussi manages to create a narrative of the country and of the city of Cairo through a photographic exploration of the land itself. He illustrates the bleak and immoral neglect that is currently wrecking environment havoc on the land and reveals the fundamental cruelty of ecological devastation and a country in post revolutionary turmoil. Hamboussi’s photographs have been published in the New Yorker, Domus Magazine and The New York Times.

In today’s image-heavy culture, where Facebook and Instagram proliferate photographs at an increasing velocity, Tommy Kha creates photographs incorporating existing images through Google’s Reverse Image Search. These self-portraits question the actual existence of the image, and thus of the artist as well. Kha’s work speaks directly to the need for personhood and recognition, especially with his own experience as a son of immigrants, while growing up in the Southern United States. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Kha has published photos in The Huffington Post, Slate and Butt Magazine. He has been exhibited internationally and holds a MFA in Photography from Yale University.

Adeline Lulo’s photo essay Si Dios Quiere, or God Willing, portrays the lives of families in the Dominican Republic, as well as Dominican immigrants living in the United States. Lulo’s own upbringing as a Dominican-American in Washington Heights, New York, inspired her to photograph her community in the Heights, as well as her family’s homeland in DR. Lulo beautifully depicts the tight-knit communities and cultures found in both of these places, especially evident in her photographs of homes, where children’s wide faces and living room walls full of family photos illustrate a sense of need, desire and hunger for life. Lulo earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design and has been honored by The New York Times. Lulo was the recipient of the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship.

Danny R. Peralta’s series ‘Bout That Life follows a young Dominican man as he navigates living and working as an undocumented immigrant in the Bronx. In each image, the subject’s face is slightly obscured, alluding to the thousands upon thousands of undocumented immigrants living in the United States, and their consistent marginalization from society. ‘Bout That Life tells a compelling story of life on the street, struggle and survival. Peralta is the Managing Director of The Point, CDC in the Bronx where he lives with his wife and two children.

Lawrence Sumulong’s series, Trapo could be described as reverse propaganda. The images of politicians and political posters from the Philippines, slowly deteriorating with age and wear, highlight the decline of trust the Filipino people have in their government officials and state sponsored programs. The disfigured images parallel the distorted words that come from government officials who continue to ignore the Philippines’ long history of brutal dictatorship. The images here bubble and congeal like a lava lamp, distorting and bringing contemporary Filipino life into focus. Sumulong’s previous work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum Library and New York’s Museum of Modern Art Library.
About the Curator
Leenda Bonilla is a visual artist born in NYC, raised in the Bronx and Puerto Rico. As an interdisciplinary artist, her practices are in photography, graphic design, sculpture, performance/installations and maquillage.

Exhibition Location and Gallery Hours: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Gulf and Western Gallery, 721 Broadway, NYC 10003

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00am-7:00pm; Saturday: 12:00-7:00pm.

The En Foco Photography Fellowship is made possible with funds by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the NYS Council on the Arts and the generosity of an anonymous donor.

The Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts is a four-year B.F.A. program centered on the making and understanding of images. Students explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Situated within New York University, the program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum and a serious and broad grounding in the liberal arts.

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