En Foco Presents The Next Generation of Bronx Photographers

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En Foco proudly announces its upcoming exhibition “The Next Generation of Bronx Photographers at the Andrew Freedman Home. The exhibition highlights five Bronx-based photographers beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

The artists are Melanie Gonzalez, Renell Medrano, Abigail Montes, Osjua Newton, and Gloria Zapata. The exhibition is curated by Marisol Diaz and is on view from Friday February 24 through Friday, March 24, 2017.

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 from 6-8pm
Event is open to the public. No RSVP required.

*In partnership with The Bronx Trolley Night!

Exhibition Dates:
February 24th – March 24th, 2017

Exhibition Location and Gallery Hours:
Executive Ballroom
Andrew Freedman Home
1125 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10452

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm; Saturday: By Appointment.

*WHAT IS THE BRONX TROLLEY?
The Bronx Trolley is a project of the South Bronx Cultural Corridor. Making a cultural loop through the lower Grand Concourse and in other sections of the Bronx, it provides an innovative way to travel free while giving Bronxites and tourists alike the opportunity to sample several of the area’s hottest cultural attractions, dining establishments and

entertainment venues.
WHERE DO YOU PICK UP THE TROLLEY?
First Wednesdays Trolley begins at 5:00pm at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos which is located at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse & 149th Street (easily accessible by the 2, 4 & 5 trains and the BX1 & BX19 buses). The trolley departs from Hostos at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm, making a cultural loop through the lower Grand Concourse, dropping off riders at their selected stops and picking them up at the next go-around.

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This exhibition is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, aswell as the generosity of an anonymous donor.  Special thank you to the Andrew Freedman Home.

©Image by Renell Medrano, Sisters, Untitled Youth, 2014.

Call for Entries | En Foco 2017 Photography Fellowship

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En Foco is currently accepting submissions for its 2017 Photography Fellowship through February 6, 2017.

En Foco, the leading arts organization serving support to photographers of color, is accepting submissions for its 2017 Photography Fellowship, designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals. Submission Deadline is Monday, February 6, 2017 at 11:59pm. Fellowships will be announced in mid-March. Contact E-mail: fellowship@enfoco.org.

The Photography Fellowship Program will award ten Fellowships of a $1,000 each; participate in the 2017 Fellowship Group Exhibition; feature the Fellows in En Foco’s Nueva Luz publication, in printed and online editions; and provide Professional Development and Networking Opportunities. En Foco is highly regarded for its leadership in the variety of ways it supports photographers of color and for its advocacy role in addressing the issues related to the lack of cultural equity and access.

Who Can Apply: (1) Photographers of Latino, African, Asian American heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific; (2) Must be a resident of New York City or New York State for the past year at the time of submission and must show proof of residency; (3) Must be at least 18 years of age; (4) Collaborating photographers are eligible to apply, but only one photographer can submit the application; (5) Previous winners of En Foco’s New Works Fellowship Program prior to 2014 are eligible to apply; (6) Photography for consideration must represent work completed after 2014.

Who Cannot Apply: (1) Graduate or undergraduate students matriculated in a fine art and/or photography degree program at the time of application submission; (2) En Foco’s Board members and staff are ineligible to apply.

Panel Process: The Fellowships selected are based exclusively on the excellence and quality of the work submitted. All work will be reviewed by panelists selected from a pool of photography and photography-related professions, such as photographers, curators, critics, and collectors. Each year, new panelists are chosen to ensure a fresh perspective in the fellowship review process.  En Foco’s Board of Directors will review the panel recommendations to assure the integrity of the process and formally approve the Fellowship awardees.

Award Notification: The ten Fellowship Awardees will be notified via email. The Awardees will each receive $750 dollars with the balance of $250 to be remitted at the Fellowship Awardees’ participation in their exhibition.

Submission Requirements: (1) Create an account with Submittable.com; (2) Include a written description (no more than 400 words). Describe specific aspects of your work practices such as subject matter, context, content, location and personal relevance; (3) A one-page resume and 200-word biography; (4) A 200-word artist statement about your work; (5) Five images, follow the sizing guidelines; (6) Head shot (300 dpi, jpeg only). The application form does not have to be completed in a single session. The system will save your draft application. We suggest that you save often as you fill out the form, and that you save a copy of any narrative texts. 

Support for the En Foco Photography Fellowship program has been provided by an anonymous donor with additional support by the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A special thank you to the Andrew Freedman Home.

 

En Foco’s Photographers Town Hall and Networking Meeting

townhallheaderEn Foco cordially invites all photographers of color, minority curators, cultural writers, and friends to attend Photographers Town Hall and Networking Meeting.

Date: Thursday February 2nd, 2017

Time: 6:00 – 8:00PM

Location:
450 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York 10451

Purpose: Direct Funding for Photographers and Artists of Color

  •  Introduction to En Foco’s Fellowship Program for Photographers of Color
  • An overview of the current funding climate for direct support of photographers and artists of color
  • Will the new New York City Cultural Plan support artists directly?
  • Is “trickle down” funding for artists through arts organizations sufficient?
  • Alternative support models to be considered

Brief presentations will be presented on related topics.

Travel Directions:

Subway: Take the #2, #4, or #5 to 149thSt and the Grand Concourse Station
Bus: Take the #19 from 145th St (Manhattan) to 149th St & the Grand Concourse

Refreshments will be served.

To RSVP or have any questions, please email: townhall@enfoco.org

The Art of Seeing – A Members Event

On February 18th, 2015, En Foco held a Members Only Event, The Art of Seeing at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, in collaboration with the exhibition Kamoinge + En Foco: Advancing the Frame, on view through March 26th, 2015.  This event was a great opportunity for members to share their work with each other as well as a chance to meet, inspire, and share ideas.

It was a wonderful event, and a great opportunity for our members to network and get to know the  En Foco familia. Below is a slideshow of who they are and their work – take a look and enjoy!

This video is featuring:

Michael Berges Alvarez
Jaime Permuth
Noelle Théard
George Malave
Sonia Louise Davis
Scott Bae
Joana Toro
Hye-Ryoung Min
Ni Rong
Groana Melendez
Tomiko Jones
Gabriel García Roman
Gerald Cyrus
Marina Font
Ana De Orbegoso
Jon Henry
Aubrey J. Kauffman
Elizabeth Borda
Sandra Chen Weinstein

All images in video © Copyright to the artists.

Below are a few Highlights from the evening:

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En Foco members gathered around and seeing each other’s work on the slideshow. ©Dani Cattan
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En Foco member Aubrey J. Kauffman discussing his work. @Dani Cattan
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Nueva Luz artist Gabriel Garcia Roman discussing his work. ©Dani Cattan
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En Foco member George Malave explaining his work to other members. ©Dani Cattan
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En Foco members Len Walker and Marilyn Nance at the members event, “The Art of Seeing.” ©Dani Cattan
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(Left to Right) Nueva Luz artist Gabriel Garcia Roman, New Works #18 awardee Joana Toro, Guest Andres Montoya, and En Foco member Liz Borda at the members event, “The Art of Seeing.” © Dani Cattan

Join us again soon for another Members event – be sure to follow us on Facebook.com/enfoco, Twitter @enfoco and Instagram @enfoco_org. For the latest updates on exhibitions, news and events please sign up for our E-News located on our homepage.

Picturing Diversity: I Am Stereotype (part 2b)

Esteemed author and cultural critic Ilan Stavans, will be writing a series of ten essays specifically for our photographic journal, Nueva Luz and our blog. ‘I Am Stereotype’ is the first article in the ‘Picturing Diversity’ series, which will later become a book on photography. In discussing how the medium has changed, Stavans challenges assumptions on how society sees the world and how we view each other. It is a pleasure to be able to bring this exciting series to our readers. Continue reading “Picturing Diversity: I Am Stereotype (part 2b)”

Picturing Diversity: I Am Stereotype (part 2a)

Esteemed author and cultural critic Ilan Stavans, will be writing a series of ten essays specifically for our photographic journal, Nueva Luz and our blog. ‘I Am Stereotype’ is the second article in the ‘Picturing Diversity’ series, which will later become a book on photography. In discussing how the medium has changed, Stavans challenges assumptions on how society sees the world and how we view each other. It is a pleasure to be able to bring this exciting series to our readers. Continue reading “Picturing Diversity: I Am Stereotype (part 2a)”

Art & Cocktails Benefit: Nov 12, 2013

Jesus Chain in Raleigh, North Carolina, From Small Town Hip Hop series, 2011. ©Jared Soares
Jesus Chain in Raleigh, North Carolina, From Small Town Hip Hop series, 2011. © Jared Soares [Recipient of En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards 2012-2013]
En Foco’s Art & Cocktails Benefit is coming up on Tuesday, November 12, from 6-9pm at Dejavu Boutique in Midtown, NYC. This year’s honorees, are the incredible talents that are part of our Permanent Collection’s traveling exhibition curated by Elizabeth Ferrer:

Adál • Jaishri Abichandani • Max Aguilera Hellweg • Sama Alshaibi • Don Gregorio Antón • Chuy Benitez • Louis Carlos Bernal • Dawoud Bey • Charles Biasiny-Rivera • Terry Boddie • Samantha Box • Roger Cabán • Valdir Cruz •
Gerald Cyrus • Phil Dante • Ana de Orbegoso • Luis Delgado • Dean Dempsey • Lola Flash • Ricky Flores • Myra Greene • Muriel Hasbun • Germán Herrera • Kenro Izu • Nitza Luna • George Malave • Frank X. Méndez • Héctor Méndez Caratini • Stephen Marc • Rania Matar • Annu Palakunnathu Matthew • Larry McNeil • Groana Melendez • Tony Mendoza • Néstor Millán • Delilah Montoya • Pipo Nguyen-duy •Dulce Pinzón • Bonnie Portelance • Sophie Rivera • Juan Sánchez • Kunié Sugiura • Jane Tam • Hank Willis Thomas • Hong-An Truong • Kathy Vargas • Víctor Vázquez • Wendel White.

Many of the Collection’s artists will be in attendance, such as Charles Biasiny-Rivera, Delilah Montoya, Ricky Flores, Wendel White, George Malave, and many more. We hope you will come to help honor them!

We are also pleased to celebrate the launch of the exhibition’s book, En Foco/In Focus: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection, by offering a special pre-signed edition – available for the first time at the Benefit. Unsigned copies will be available online, at enfoco.org soon.

This fundraiser will raise money to support critical programs to benefit artists and our communities. Since we are a non-for-profit, your contribution goes directly towards offering exhibitions, producing Nueva Luz photographic journal, providing our artists with financial compensation for their work, and free workshops that help serve our community. The artists we exhibit in our Touring Gallery program are given a valuable opportunity to display their work in community spaces. This allows us to be a bridge between artistically underserved communities and talented artists from diverse cultures.

Some of our generous friends and fellow En Foco artists have donated their prints to be featured in our Silent Auction: Lola FlashFrank GimpayaGroana MelendezGeorge MalaveMiriam Romais, Jared Soares, Alex Morel, Pete Pin, Yijun Pixy Liao, Sonia Louise Davis. Other Items include: consultations with M.V. Swanson with her Publish Your Photography book ($300 value each); Dulce Pinzon’s signed “Superheros” book ($25 value); La Palapa Cocina Mexicana‘s famous brunch for four ($100 value); Gift Certificate to Zuppa & Guapo restaurants in Yonkers, General Art Framing ($100 value), Sueños Restaurant, and more!

Get your tickets today!

Or, if you’re unable to attend, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us reach our goal.  Your contribution to our Art & Cocktails Benefit is a great way to help us promote cultural diversity and social justice through photography. So come join us and help us help others.

Preview the Silent Auction Prints:

YONE, From Worldwide Underground: Global Hip-Hop series,  2000. © Noelle Theard
YONE, From Worldwide Underground: Global Hip-Hop series, 2000. © Noelle Théard  [published in Nueva Luz photographic journal, volume 16#3]
Lyric Book in Roanoke, Virgina, From Small Town Hip Hop series, 2008. ©Jared Soares [recipient of En Foco's New Works Photography Fellowship Awards 2012-13]
Lyric Book in Roanoke, Virgina, From Small Town Hip Hop series, 2008. © Jared Soares [recipient of En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards 2012-13]
Nicole, DR, From Relaciones y Relatos/Relations and Tales series, 2005. ©Alex Morel
Nicole, DR, from Relaciones y Relatos/Relations and Tales series, 2005. © Alex Morel                      [postcard invitation cover image for En Foco’s Touring Gallery Exhibition of his work, 2012]
The Builder #12, From The Builder series, 2013. ©Rodrigo Valenzuela
The Builder #12, from The Builder series, 2013. © Rodrigo Valenzuela  [recipient of the New Works Photography Awards 2012-13]
World Trade Center 911 -WAR, from the WTC-Before, During and After 911 series, 2001. © George Malave
World Trade Center 911 -WAR, from the WTC-Before, During and After 911 series, 2001. © George Malave [one of the founding members of En Foco, exhibited as part of En Foco’s Touring Gallery Exhibitions programs, 2006]
Untitled #22, From tracing(s) belonging(s) series,  2011. ©Sonia Louise Davis
Untitled #22, from tracing(s) belonging(s) series, 2011. © Sonia Louise Davis [exhibited as part of En Foco’s Touring Gallery Exhibitions program, 2012]
Laura Daydreaming, Santo Domingo, R.D,  From Ni Agui, Ni Alla series, 2006. ©Groana Melendez
Laura Daydreaming, Santo Domingo, R.D., from Ni Aqui, Ni Alla series, 2006. © Groana Melendez  [in En Foco’s Permanent Collection, published in Nueva Luz volume 14#3, and exhibited as part of En Foco’s Touring Gallery Exhibitions program, 2010]

Doña Marta, Ni Aqui Ni Alla series, 2008. © Groana G. Melendez
Doña Marta, Ni Aqui Ni Alla series, 2008. © Groana G. Melendez

Untitled, From the Cambodian Diaspora series, 2011. ©Pete Pin
Untitled, from the Cambodian Diaspora series, 2011. © Pete Pin  [postcard invitation image for En Foco’s Touring Gallery exhibition of his work in 2013]
Play Station, From Experimental Relationships series, 2013. © Yijun Pixy Liao
Play Station, from Experimental Relationships series, 2013.  © Yijun Pixy Liao  [one of two postcard invitation cover images for New Works Photography Fellowship Awards 2012-13]
Rejoice ( Mural by Shrine), from PAINTED VOICES: Photographs of Mission Murals series, 2011. © Miriam Romais
Rejoice (Mural by Shrine), from PAINTED VOICES: Photographs of Mission Murals series, 2011. © Miriam Romais [ Executive Director of En Foco; published in Nueva Luz, Commemorative Issue, volume 7:2]
Lola Flash, Kinky D, 2003.
kinky d, from [sur]passing series, 2003. © Lola Flash  [published in Nueva Luz volume 11#1, in En Foco’s Permanent Collection and Nueva Luz Photographs: 1985-2011]
 Front of the House, From Midwest Filipino series, 2012. ©Daniel Ballesteros
Front of the House, from Midwest Filipino series, 2012. © Daniel Ballesteros  [recipient of the New Works Photography Awards Fellowship 2012-13]
Homage to Kertesz, 2012. © Frank Gimpaya
Homage to Kertesz, 2012. © Frank Gimpaya [member of En Foco’s Board of Directors; in Nueva Luz Photographs: 1985-2012; and Nueva Luz volume 1#3]

Ingres, from the Museum series, 2011. © Frank Gimpaya
Ingres, from the Museum series, 2011. © Frank Gimpaya
© Steve Cagan, Steel Mill, Cleveland's Flats, Industrial Hostages series, 1979
Steel Mill, Cleveland’s Flats, Industrial Hostages series, 1979. © Steve Cagan [Guest writer for Nueva Luz volume 15#3]

About our Hosts:

Founded in 2003, Dejavu “The House of Yang” began as a Boutique offering rare and unique pieces from elite dressmakers such as Cop Copine, Vivienne Westwood and some others designers from around the world. Curated with the modern woman in mind, its four stores today give access to the latest fashion news and forecasts for swift cultivation in the form of hand picked styles. 

Dejavu’s Upper East Side location was once an art gallery, owned by Andy Warhol during 1950’s to 1960’s. The second floor is now Dejavu’s showcase for new artists and painters mixing Fashion and Art bringing the best of your style.

Created by retail connoisseur Kai Yang, his vision for Dejavu aside from catering to clients with fashion’s latest trends,  is contributing to a woman’s eternal style. “Fashion isn’t only about trends or brands , it’s about developing your personal style and wearing what’s right for you.”

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