Deep Roots, curated by Lisa Dubois, featuring photographers Samantha Box, Burroughs Lamar, Carmen Lizardo, Richard Louissaint, and Joana Toro, includes visual narratives that poignantly connect the artists with their beloved heritage, past and present. The photo essays explore themes of history, survival, and tradition; depicting the various ways each photographer has retained the customs and culture of their birthplace in their adopted land.
Curator, Lisa DuBois on Deep Roots.
The exhibition Deep Roots tells visual stories on traditions and the connections between the photographer and his or her beloved heritage. Each photographer in this exhibition poignantly documented aspects of life that exist within their culture. Through these photographs you can see the strong connections between the past and present. The photo essays portray how each photographer integrated their culture into their life in America. While they are far away from their family’s birthplace; they honor their heritage in their own neighborhoods to strengthen the connections between themselves and their homeland. The sensitive documentation from each photographer contributes to preservation of their culture.
One of the ways Samantha Box connects with her homeland is through photographing food. She uses herself as a model and creates moving self-portraits that have some connection to her identity and culture.
Burroughs Lamar has captured special moments in Harlem. He expertly photographs traditions in Harlem such as food, religion and entertainment. Each image expresses an important aspect of life in Harlem.
Carmen Lizardo uses special techniques, a sense of history and a vivid imagination to create surreal images. Carmen uses antique photos, water and objects to produce stunning photo art.
Richard Louissaint skillfully photographs his family to show the feminine side of Haiti in his own backyard. The images of the women in the photos show strength and beauty and pride. The pride in his culture is seen in these images
Joana Toro poignantly portrays life inside of a Puerto Rican social club. Each image is shot in a way that we as observers feel connected to the club through Joana’s photographs. These precious moments are preserved with Joana’s skillful eye.