Meet the Artists

Faustino Vidal is a Brooklyn-based image-maker specializing in video and photography. In 2015, Vidal received a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in film and photography from Hampshire College; and in 2018, he graduated from the ICP-Bard Photography MFA program.  Prior to this exhibit, his work has been featured in three solo shows.

Faustino Vidal on his series, Realistic Beauty.

Jorge Romero is a Dominican photojournalist from New York. He graduated from The New School with a BA degree in Journalism + Design and an MA degree in Media Studies and Management. His work “Pelo Bueno, Pelo Malo” is a photographic commentary about the importance of hair within the Dominican community. The inspiration came from his childhood, where he and his sister were forced to have a certain kind of hairstyle.

Jorge Romero on his series, Pelo Malo.

Leslie Jimenez is a Dominican-American artist and educator living in New York. Her work connects experiences of childhood, womanhood, motherhood, education, and life as a Caribbean American in New York. Jimenez creates drawings, site-specific murals, art installations, and prints. This series is about hair within the context of cultural notions of self-display, identity, ethnic awareness, and beauty.  

Yelaine Rodriguez is a Bronx-born Afro-Dominican American artist, educator, curator, and cultural organizer. She received a B.F.A. in Fashion Design from The New School (2013) and an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Museum Studies from New York University (2021). “The Political Afro” is a photo narrative of reimagined portraits of the styles of 1960s Civil Rights activists and leaders. 

Yelaine Rodriguez on her series, Black is Us.

Vicky Charles, based in New York, has a BFA in Photography from SUNY New Paltz. Her work consists of self-portraits that deal with issues about black identity, the body, and relationships with oneself. Charles achieves her visual effects with such procedures as staged studio work and double exposures.  Her photography expresses itself without words but by showing.

Vicky Charles on her series, Hair Hero.