ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Damarys Alvarez is an artist of Cuban descent currently residing in Brooklyn, NY.  Originally from Miami, Florida, Alvarez cites her grandmother, who worked as a seamstress, as an important influence on her practice. She observed, the sewing machine as a tool of strength, labor, and efficiency for the working class-narrative themes that remain in the photographers’ work. Alvarez graduated with a BFA in Photography at Parsons School of Design. 


Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is a documentary photographer based in New York City. Her work has been supported with grants and fellowships from the International Women’s Media Foundation, Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies and the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. She is a four-time recipient of the Community Arts Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council. BRIC Arts selected her as a 2015 Media Arts Fellow where she produced her first experimental short, “Sunu Fall.” The Lucie Foundation included Barrayn on the Shortlist for the 2016 “Photo Taken” Emerging Photographer Prize. She is a 2018 En Foco Photography Fellow.

Her projects have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, OkayAfrica, Vogue, PDN, CBS, Quartz Africa, among other publications. She has curated exhibitions at the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Port Authority of NY/NJ, galleries and non-traditional spaces; and has given talks on her photography at Yale University, Harvard University, The International Center of Photography, Tate Modern, New York University, Howard University, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Her latest project on the Baye Fall sufi order of Senegal was exhibited at Galleria Biagiottie in Florence, Italy and at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) New York. She was recently an artist-in-residence at the Waaw Centre for Art and Design in Saint-Louis, Senegal. She is currently a member of Kamoinge, a pioneering collective of African American photographers founded in 1963. Barrayn is the co-author of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.


Born in Basseterre, St. Kitts-Nevis and based in New York City, Tau Battice is a lifelong lover of the photograph and its power to preserve the moment, proclaim nuance, and propel humanity to positive action.  He teaches at the City University of New York and lives in Harlem.  Specializing in portraiture,  Tau is concurrently working on his first monographs about Harlem and Afro Latinas.


Cinthya Santos Briones is a Mexican photographer, anthropologist, ethnohistorian, and community organizer based in New York. Her multimedia work uses a collaborative approach to tell stories about homeland, immigration, memory, (indigenous) identity,  and self-representation through an interdisciplinary process that uses photography, ethnography, (archives) history, drawings, and audiovisual and written narratives. For ten years, Cinthya worked as a researcher at the National Institute of Anthropology and History focused on indigenous migration, code x, textiles, and traditional medicine. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Magnum Foundation (2016/2018), En Foco (2017), National Geographic Research and Exploration (2018), We Woman (2019), and the National Fund for Culture and the Arts of México (2009/2011). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Pdn, La Jornada, California Sunday Magazine, Open Society Foundations, Buzzfeed, The Intercept, and The Nation Magazine.


Yu-Chen Chiu is a lens-based artist currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She takes a poetic approach to telling stories about migration and belonging. Born and raised in Taiwan, she has spent half her life in the United States. Her experience as an immigrant with internalized cultural conflict has strongly influenced her artistic approach and the themes she pursues. Yu-Chen was the recipient of a 2018 En Foco Photography Fellowship. Her artwork has been exhibited worldwide at such venues as the Chelsea Art Museum and the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana, USA, and Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.


Anthony Hamboussi is a photographer, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1969. His work has been exhibited in the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, International Center of Photography, MoMA/PS1, Americas Society, Queens Museum and Sculpture Center, New York. He has published two monographs, Newtown Creek: A Photographic Survey of New York’s Industrial Waterway and Cairo Ring Road.  He has co-authored two books; What is Affordable Housing? with the Center for Urban Pedagogy and LIC in Context with Place in History.  Hamboussi has received grants from the Aaron Siskind Foundation, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Jerome Foundation, En Foco, and the New York State Council on the Arts in Architecture, Planning & Design. He is the founder of a non-profit publisher specializing in photo books by artists from the Middle East and their diaspora. Hamboussi is currently teaching at The City College of New York. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and daughter.


Daesha Devón Harris is an artist and photographer based in Saratoga Springs, New York. Her multicultural family and the unexpected death of her young father have greatly shaped her life while the gentrification of her hometown and its effects on the local Black community has played a significant role in her advocacy work and artistic practice. Harris has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, and is a lecturer in MDOCS and Teaching Faculty for the Storytellers’ Institute at Skidmore College.


Erika Morillo is a freelance photographer and artist based in New York City. She studied clinical psychology and sociology, which influenced her to photograph as a way to understand her family dynamics and the social environment she inhabits. Her work focuses on the issues of family, inner-city life and the finding of identity. Her photographs have been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Her photobooks are in the collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art Library and The International Center of Photography Library. She lives in Manhattan with her son Amaru and is currently pursuing an MFA at Image Text Ithaca. Morillo was born and raised in the Dominican Republic.


Danny Ramon Peralta was born in The Bronx in 1978 and raised in the Inwood section of upper Manhattan. Shortly after he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science from NYU’s School of Education in 2000, Peralta began his work as a youth educator and community developer. In 2002, while searching to expand upon his love for art and storytelling, he formally began attending black and white photography workshops at ICP @ THE POINT in the South Bronx. He was awarded the first-ever Jocelyn Benzakin Fellowship for documentary photography in 2005 and studied intensively at the International Center of Photography as a concerned photographer. His photography series “Ma” (winner of 2007 BRIO Award), “LOVE LIVES” (a call for trauma relief in Hunts Point), and “‘Bout that Life” have all been featured in numerous exhibits. In 2008, he went back to THE POINT CDC to work as Director of Arts and Education, and in the fall of 2015, became the Executive Managing Director. He currently lives in the Pelham Parkway section of The Bronx with his wife and two sons, who inspire his every endeavor.


Antonio Pulgarin is a Colombian-American lens-based artist who utilizes photography, photographic collage, and mixed media in his practice. Pulgarin mounted his first solo exhibition at Kingsborough Art Museum in the fall of 2019. Pulgarin’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Aperture Foundation, Longwood Art Gallery, and BRIC. His work has received honors from YoungArts, The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, EnFoco, The Magenta Foundation, Latin American Fotografia, American Photography, and PDN Photo Annual. Pulgarin will be exhibiting his work at the Musée de l’Elyséein in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz in 2020.


Roger Richardson was born in The Bronx, New York. He holds a BFA in Photography from SUNY Purchase. He currently works and is based in the Hudson Valley in New York.


Aaron Turner is a photographer, artist, and curator based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Aaron received his MFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, an MA in Visual Communications from Ohio University, and holds a BA in Journalism & Fine Arts from the University of Memphis. He uses photography to pursue personal stories of family and resilience, in two main areas of the U.S., the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas. Aaron also uses the 4×5 view camera to create still life studies on the topics of race, history, blackness as material, and the role of the black artist. His work has been exhibited at Vassar College, the Houston Center for Photography, SUNY Buffalo State, SlowExposures Photo Festival, Click! Photo Festival, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. His awards include participation in the New York Times Portfolio Review, 2018 Light Work Artists-in-Residence , 2019 En Foco Photography Fellowship, 2019 Adolf Fassbender Travel Award from the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) – at the University of Arizona, and 2020 Project Space Residency at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY.