Curator, Elia Alba on In Between Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
Curated by Elia Alba, En Foco presents In Between Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, an exhibition of its 2021 Photography Fellowship winners. 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 Richard Acevedo, Argenis Apolinario, Roy Baizan, Daveed Baptiste, Kevin Quiles Bonilla, Amarise Carreras, Vinay Hira, Sydney King, Spandita Malik, and Bashira Webb.
This cohort of BIPOC creatives builds on ideas that push cultural narratives to the center while interrogating race, geography, and gender. Acevedo, Apolinario, and Baizan represent the tangible touchstones of history and community often defined by geography. Baptiste and Malik rework culturally stylized representation. While facing queer and heteronormative traditions Quiles Bonilla, Webb, Carreras, and Hira redraw the boundaries set by colonialism. Lastly, King culls photographic dialogues of her familial histories.
“The photographs in this exhibition highlight the experiences of artists whose layered identities leave them shifting between worlds and who critique the power dynamics inherent in racial essentialisms. These artists are taking the knowledge of the past and the current moment to transform perceptions about cultural interpretations, identities, and the future.” -Elia Alba
En Foco is supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, BronxCare Health System, The Joy of Giving Something, Inc., Rockefeller Brothers Fund Culpeper Arts and Culture, New York Community Trust Mosaic Network & Fund, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Aguado-Pavlick Arts Fund.