X Gallery and En Foco present Queer Eye, A photographic exhibition celebrating LGBTQ Pride month. The month of June was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, we recognize this month to honor our diversity and the impact LGBT people have had in the world.
About the Artists
Lola Flash is multitalented photographer, artist and cultural documentarian revealing profound stories through her photographs. The images from her Legend series beautifully portray the hard-hitting truths of societal issues. The viewer recognizes the royal nature of the portrait, and the struggles of injustice behind the beautiful faces. She forces the viewer to engage in these social issues through her images. Common themes of Lola’s subjects are the forgotten or those ignored by mainstream media and society. Lola’s subjects range from the LGBQT community, to successful and talented women over the age of 70. Lola’s style of portraiture was recently recognized by Smithsonian magazine; as a result her work will appear in an upcoming issue.
Lisa DuBois is a visual artist. She transforms photos into unique works of art. Lisa shares images from her series Beauty Queens. The collection is enhanced portraits taken at the Imperial Court of New York Ball. The Imperial Court organization is proudly known for being one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ organizations in the world. Lisa’s subjects are shown wearing crowns and extravagant gowns living the high life. Lisa’s photos represent a subculture of self expression and creative extravagance.
Oscar J Rivera’s, series Triangle, documents queer bodies of color and personal relationships through striking and richly printed black and white photographs. Queer people of color are presented existing as their own definitions of sensual or sexual beings- masculine or feminine – driven by the intimacy of interviews with the artist. The relationship of artist to subject is heightened by the act of collaboration which aims to highlight the delicate balance between sensuality and sexuality, and the intersectionality of being queer and a person of color.
Gabriel Garcia Roman is a Mexican- American visual artist that creates works of art that are drawn from many facets of the gender and queer spectrum Gabriel transmutes his subjects into icons, dovetailing textured collage and photography into one-of-a-kind prints. In his series Queer Icons, Gabriel finds inspiration in portraiture styles of Renaissance, Flemish and Christian Orthodox paintings, the series aims to elevate these multi-dimensional, powerful and proud contemporary figures.
Exhibition on view: June 1st to June 30th. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6pm
Meet and Greet: June 14th from 6 until 9 at X Gallery 163 118th street, and Malcolm X Boulevard.