NUEVA LUZ volume 25.1 presents the 2021 En Foco Photography Fellowship winners and supplements the in-person exhibition In Between Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, which is curated by Elia Alba and features work from the current fellows and more.
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 issue all includes essays by Elia Alba and artist/activist Shellyne Rodriguez.
Launched in 1985, Nueva Luz is an ongoing art publication that addresses social and cultural issues at the fore of photography, with a particular emphasis on narratives from artists of color. From its inception, the publication’s mission was to advance the professional status of contemporary photographers of diverse backgrounds and cultures.