En Foco is proud to announce the ten winners of its 2022 Photography Fellowship Program who were selected from a pool of 96 applicants. Each person will receive a $1,000 award.
Designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals, this year’s awardees include Javier Álvarez, Daniel Aros-Aguilar, Carlos L. Esguerra, Paola Fiterre, Diana Guerra, Carmen Lizardo, Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Jahi Sabater, Cinthya Santos Briones, and Nyasia Sylvester.
The Fellowship initiative affirms En Foco’s ongoing commitment to the financial support of artists of color, and serves to inform exhibition organizers and curators of an existing pool of quality under recognized artists.
Javier Álvarez is a Chilean photographer focused on social issues. After pursuing (but not completing) a BFA in Photography in Santiago de Chile, Javier worked as a freelance editorial and press photographer for agencies in between Brazil and Chile. Currently, he is based in Brooklyn, NY, and works as an independent photographer for editorial assignments and commercial clients. In addition to his personal and commissioned work, Javier is a contributor to the Brazilian independent journalistic platform MidiaNinja and was the co-founder and editor of the disappeared online platform for emerging photographers MUD-MAGAZINE.COM (2011-2015).
Daniel Aros-Aguilar (he/she/them) is a queer artist born in Colombia, now based in Harlem. Daniel grew up in Florida, where their family immigrated seeking refuge. After graduating high school, Daniel transferred to BMCC in Manhattan. They became assistant to photographer Mike Ruiz. Later, began producing commercial and editorial work for Brianna Capozzi, Talia Chetrit, Danko Steiner, Miranda Lichtenstein, and Daniel Gordon. Daniel has shown at The Greenpoint Gallery, The Cohen Archive Gallery, The Untitled Space, and Humble Arts Foundation in New York. As well as the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Korea. Their work has been featured in Aint-Bad, Sensored, and Maake magazines. As well as digitally by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the British Journal of Photography. Daniel currently holds a residency at the Bronx River Arts Center.
Carlos L. Esguerra was born in the Philippines and is now living in New York City. He was in the computer field for 36 years. He took early retirement to devote his time to his rediscovered passion –photography. As a landscape and architecture photographer, he has received national and international awards in photography. In 2008, he received the ‘Pamana ng Pilipino’ Award, the highest award given by the President of the Philippines to overseas Filipinos who excel in their fields of expertise. In 2011 he was awarded the ‘Aning Dangal’ (Harvest of Honors) by the National Council on Culture and the Arts of the Philippines. In 2014, he received the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award in Culture and the Arts’ from his alma mater, the University of the Philippines. In 2015, he received the “Order of the Knights of Rizal – New York Chapter Award for excellence in the Arts”.
Paola Fiterre is a Cuban artist based in New York City since 2017. Fiterre became passionate about photography in 2009 and primarily works on photography projects but she is also very interested in Mixed media and Performance art. Paola studied at the University of Art (ISA) in Havana, Cuba and is an International Center of Photography alumni from 2019 from the Creative Practices Program. Fiterre was recently awarded The Tory Burch and The International Center of Photography “A New New York” artists Fellowship. In the past, she was also awarded the ICP New Media Grant, which allowed her to develop her graduation project. Paola was selected by the Cuban Artist Found for the Artist in Residency Program at the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and in 2018 was selected for the New York Portfolio Review sponsored by the New York Times and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Diana Guerra is a Peruvian-American photographer who is currently based in New York. She holds an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York and a Bachelor degree in Sociology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Guerra’s early training in photography was at Parsons School of Design as part of the MFA Photography and New Media program. Guerra’s work has been exhibited and published in Italy, Argentina, Hungary and New York. Her work has appeared in Photoville, The Curated Fridge, Humble Arts Foundation, The Journal of New and New Media Photography, among others.
Carmen Lizardo was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 19. She holds a BFA in Photography and an MFA in Digital Art from Pratt Institute. For Lizardo using multiple media has been an essential part of her work, particularly alternative photo processes, printmaking, drawing, and video work. Lizardo had received several awards including a Women Studio Workshop Book Production Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (nominated in both Painting and Photography). Lizardo was one of five American Artists of Latino descent awarded with an international travel and production grant from the U.S. Department of Cultural Affairs.
Dennis RedMoon Darkeem is Bronx-born and raised. He is of Yamassee Creek-Seminole Native American and African American descent. Dennis has been an artist and art educator. He received his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and his Master’s in Art Direction from Pratt Institute. Over the years. He’s been an Artist in Residence with many art organizations like Wave Hill, the Laundromat Project, The Point, Bronx Children’s Museum, I.C.P, and Jamaica Arts Center. Dennis has exhibited his work at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Brooklyn Museum of the Arts, La Mama Theater, The MoMA, Bronx Art Space, Rush Gallery, The Judaic Museum of Art, and Smack Mellon, and has received fellowships and scholarships from the NYSFA, NYC Teachers Foundation, Marko Roth scholarship, and Price Waterhouse Fellowship award.
Born 1979, Jahi Sabater received his BFA from Parsons the New School for Design, and his MFA from Rutgers University. Jahi is a recipient of the 2018 NYFA fellowship in Photography, the 2015 Bovero Prize, and was a 2009 fellow in AIM at the Bronx Museum of Art. A Bronx native, he now works in Queens New York making his studio-based photographic works.
Cinthya Santos Briones is a Mexican participatory artist, anthropologist, ethnohistorian, and community organizer based in New York. Her multimedia work uses collaborative and community narratives of self-representation to tell stories about homeland, immigration, memory, and indigenous identity. Through an interdisciplinary process, she uses photography, ethnography, history, textiles, herbalism, audiovisuals, and written narratives. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants including the Magnum Foundation (2016/2018/2020), 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 been published in The New York Times, Pdn, California Sunday Magazine, Vogue, Open Society Foundations, Buzzfeed, The Intercept, and The Nation Magazine, among others. Cinthya has worked in pro-immigrant organizations in New York as a community organizer and is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
Nyasia Sylvester is an artist in all sense of the word. A little unconventional, versatile, sensitive, and ever-changing. A visual creator that specializes in photography but dabbles in a little bit of everything from graphic design, filmmaking, cataloging & producing just to name a few. For 7 years she stumbled around trying to find her footing as a photographer, essentially finding her voice. It wasn’t until certain life-changing experiences and an acceptance into the D&AD New Blood Shift program that her views on not only creativity but life shifted immensely. She now spends her time focusing on creating bodies of work that tell stories about her community, family, love, her experiences as a black woman, grief, and self-exploration.
En Foco is a non-profit organization that nurtures and supports contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of diverse cultures, primarily U.S. residents of Latino, African and Asian Heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific. Since it was founded in 1974, En Foco has been an outspoken leader and advocate for the equitable support and access to resources for photographers of color. It has a distinguished itself through its sustained commitment to providing its primary constituency and the communities they represent financial support, public programming, information services and cultural advocacy initiatives.
The En Foco Photography Fellowship is designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals. The Photography Fellowship Program will award 10 Fellowships at $1,000 per artist, a Fellowship Group Exhibition, and feature the Fellows in A Nueva Luz publication printed and online editions.