En Foco/In Focus: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection at Venice Arts

En Foco/In Focus: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection at Venice Arts

© Louis Carlos Bernal, Dos mujeres, familia López, 1978
© Don Gregório Antón, The Thread Binds What the Needle Claims, 2008.
© Hank Willis Thomas, Smokin Joe Ain't J'mama, Unbranded: Reflections in Black from Corporate America 1968-2008 series, 1978/2006.

En Foco/In Focus: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection at Venice Arts

April 5 – May 5, 2013
Venice Arts Gallery
1702 Lincoln Boulevard
Venice, California 90291

Artists: Adál • Jaishri Abichandani Max Aguilera HellwegSama Alshaibi Don Gregorio AntónChuy Benitez • Louis Carlos Bernal •
Dawoud Bey 
 Charles Biasiny-Rivera • Terry BoddieSamantha Box • Roger Cabán • Valdir CruzGerald Cyrus • Phil Dante •
Ana de OrbegosoLuis DelgadoDean Dempsey • 
Lola FlashRicky FloresMyra GreeneMuriel HasbunGermán HerreraKenro Izu 
Nitza Luna • 
George Malave • Frank X. Méndez • Héctor Méndez Caratini  Stephen Marc • Rania MatarAnnu Palakunnathu Matthew 
Larry McNeil • Groana Melendez • Tony Mendoza • Néstor Millán • Delilah Montoya • Pipo Nguyen-duyDulce Pinzón • Bonnie Portelance  
Sophie RiveraJuan Sánchez  Kunié Sugiura Jane Tam • Hank Willis ThomasHong-An Truong  Kathy Vargas • Víctor Vázquez • Wendel White


“En Foco is recognized in the field of photography for its publications, annual New Works Fellowship program, workshops and exhibitions. Much less known is a collection that it has amassed of works by many of the photographers who have taken part in its programs. It now numbers nearly 700 prints dating largely from the 1970s to the present day, encompassing not only a plurality of voices but also subject matter, photographic approaches, and points of view. This collection – representing images and artists that are largely absent from published surveys of photography, museum collections, and academic curricula in the field – can be seen as rich evidence of a parallel history of recent photography. The images presented in this exhibition offer an introduction into this significant photographic collection.”
–Elizabeth Ferrer, Guest Curator

En Foco has developed the first permanent collection in the U.S. dedicated to U.S. based photographers of the Latin American, African, Asian and Native American diaspora. This collection creates a parallel history of photography by bringing together artists and images largely absent from the mainstream photography field and unseen by the public.

The show is comprised of 56 striking prints by 49 artists of 21 differing ethnicities/nationalities. The work dates from the 1970s to the present day, and offers a snapshot of this missing history of photographers who used the camera to document their neighborhoods in the ‘70s and ‘80s, press for the inclusion of multicultural voices in artistic, political and media spheres in the ‘90s and increasingly comment on both local and universal themes using the virtual realm in the present day. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue completes an often-unacknowledged part of modern photographic history.

This exhibition was guest curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, Director of Contemporary Art at BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by: Canson Infinity, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Archival Methods, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.