Sunday, December 16th, 2018 | 11:59 PM
En Foco announces the appointment of Kimberly Vaquedano-Rose, as our new Director of Operations. Kimberly comes to us with 12 years of experience in arts administration, previously the Gallery Coordinator at The Bronx Council of The Arts/Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos where she helped to organize and manage exhibitions related to underserved communities and provided many valuable services for artists.
En Foco is also proud to announce that Oscar J Rivera, previously the Exhibitions Manager is En Foco’s new Artistic Director. Oscar has been with En Foco since 2016, curated the 2017 Apartment Gallery series and will curate the Fall/Winter Nueva Luz Queer Artists Issue.
En Foco is proud to announce the opening of In-Between: The 2018 En Foco Photohgraphy Fellowship Exhibition, and the launch of the 2018 Fellowship Edition of Nueva Luz on June 6th, 2018 from 6-8pm at the Andrew Freedman Home, featuring a performance by BombaYo, a Bronx-based performance organization that uses the legacy of Bomba music to engage the community. The ten Fellowship winners were selected from a pool of 162 applicants. The Fellowship initiative not only affirms En Foco’s ongoing commitment to the financial support of artists of color, it also serves to inform exhibition organizers and curators of an existing pool of vastly under recognized artists. Layza Garcia, En Foco’s Director of Programs, states that “we are very excited by this new round of Fellowship recipients.” Further she adds, ” each artist is aesthetically different but yet, they complement each other as the public will view in the upcoming exhibition, a very exciting experience.”
En Foco’s 2018 Photography Fellowship winners are Alexis Ruiseco, Antonio Pulgarin, Gioncarlo Valentine, Hidemi Takagi, Jonathan Gardenhire, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Mark Aghatise, Rhynna Santos, Tau Battice, and Yu-Chen Chiu. The Fellowship winners selected are based exclusively on the excellence and quality of the work submitted. All work is reviewed by panelists who are all distinguished members of the arts community: Joanna E. Castro, Executive Director of Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance; Laura James, Bronx artist and illustrator; and Ayesha Akhtar, Community Engagement and Marketing Associate of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Eva Mayhabal Davis, Gallery and Studio Program Manager of Smack Mellon, will curate this year’s Fellowship exhibition and the special issue of Nueva Luz. Eva says that she hopes “to create a bridge between the viewer and the artwork.” She also comments “seeing these powerful images impacts how I continue to exist in my surroundings.”
Nueva Luz: The 2018 Photography Fellowship Issue will be available for purchase and on view online on June 6th. For more information on subscribing to Nueva Luz, please contact Layza Garcia at email@example.com.
About BombaYo: BombaYo ignites the ancestral rhythms of Bomba, an African derived music and dance tradition developed in Puerto Rico. The synergy of call and response singing, drumming and dance provide the foundation for a dynamic interplay between the solo drummer and dancer. In the spirit of Sankofa -looking to your past for better future- BombaYo members draw from the bomba tradition to enrich their lives and embrace their cultural legacy. Through workshops, cultural presentations, performances and partnerships, BombaYo engages communities throughout NYC area to raise awareness of Afro Puerto Rican culture and to connect Bomba to the vast traditions of the African Diaspora. BombaYo creates an intergenerational and participatory experience that honors people of all ages and abilities. BombaYo stirs the soul in a way that only music and dance can to uplift and celebrate our deeper humanity. For more information please visit http://www.bombayo.org.
En Foco, Inc. supports contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of color and diverse cultures, using photography as a platform to speak on behalf of issues related to cultural equity and access. En Foco provides its photographers, curators, critics & cultural activists with forum to advocate on behalf of an inclusive cultural policy that historically has been lacking in substance. En Foco supports its constituent artists with direct and indirect funding opportunities, professional development services, curated exhibitions, publications and networking events with industry and cultural leaders. Learn more at www.enfoco.org and follow us on facebook.com/enfoco & twitter.com/enfoco.
©Antonio Pulgarin, Encaged Linage, Fragments of the Masculine series, 2017.