Two of our New Works #18 Fellows, Alan Chin and Joana Toro will be presenting additional images from their ongoing photographic series. Toishan, China: Another Home 8,000 Miles Away a project developed by Chin explores both his family history and the larger story of the Chinese-American diaspora and emigration abroad; and Toro’s I am HelloKitty which reflects the status of Latin immigrants in the US, cultural appropriation and new identities on the margins of a globalized world.
We look forward to seeing you!
The Bronx Documentary Center
641 Courtlandt Ave @151st, Bronx 10451
2/5 train to 3rd Ave-149th Street stop. Walk uphill one block on 149th st. and make a right on Courtlandt Ave. Walk two blocks to the corner of 151st.
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Photos: (Top) Alan Chin, Farmers in the Field, (Bottom) Joana Toro I am Hello Kitty
Priya Kambli left her home in India at the age of 18 shortly after the death of her parents. With all her belongings in a single suitcase, she arrived in the United States in 1993, eventually settling in Missouri where she lives today. While she quickly adapted to her new environment, the birth of her son signaled yet another chapter in her life as she became uncomfortably aware that his childhood would be vastly different than that of her own. She would become the link between the between the customs of her parents and those of a thoroughly modern world, grafting a new branch onto the family tree.
Priya Kambli is the recipient of En Foco’s #15th New Works Photography Fellowship Awards, an annual program selecting three or more U.S. based photographers of Latino, African or Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific, through a national call for entries. The New Works program helps artists to create or complete an in-depth photographic series exploring themes of their choice, and provides the infrastructure needed for national visibility and a professional exhibition of their new work in the New York area. More about her at her En Foco Photographers page and her website www.priyakambli.com
Priya’s work is on view as part of New Works #15, at Calumet Photographic in Manhattan, through June 23, 2012. Please join us Thursday, June 14, 6-8 pm for the opening reception and Saturday, June 16, 2-3:30 pm for the artist talk.
Michael Mazzeo is a gallerist, educator and photographer based in New York City. He serves on the faculties of the School of Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography, New Jersey City University, and has been a guest lecturer at other prestigious institutions. He has been a featured portfolio reviewer at Fotofest, Review Santa Fe, Photolucida, Critical Mass, FotoWeek DC, The Center of Photography at Woodstock, ICP, ASMP, SPE, powerHouse Books, and Atlanta Celebrates Photography. www.mazzeoprojects.com
We hope you will take a trip to Calumet to see the work, which is on view until June 23rd – and of course join us for the opening reception and meet the artists on Thursday, June 14th from 6-8pm.
We are delighted to partner with juror and Mazzeo Projects director Michael Mazzeo to share the work of the New Works #15 artists with our online community through a five-part series of blog posts. This first post, shares Michael’s words about what inspired him about these five talented artists:
It is a honor to have been asked to jury the New Works Photography Fellowship Awards and I’d like to thank En Foco’s Executive Director, Miriam Romais as well as the Staff and Board of Directors for granting me the opportunity to participate in this important program.
As with any photography competition, a successful outcome is determined by the quality of the work submitted, and by all standards, this year’s entrants provided a formidable selection of portfolios from which to choose. Still, it is not a simple task to select one artist among many or to anoint one body of work as more important than another, especially when the pool of talent is deep and the ideas expansive.
The submissions to the 15th New Works Photography Fellowship Awards were all I hoped they would be and everything I’ve come to expect from En Foco. The artists contributed projects of social and cultural significance while deftly addressing global issues from personal and prescient points of view. At a time when financial crises threaten the world and our political system has devolved into a dysfunctional game of ruthless, bipartisan vitriol, the En Foco community has responded with socially conscious statements far removed from common rhetorical chatter. Their work delivers us to a meditative state in which we are asked to open our minds and seek not answers, but possibilities. Their art is our refuge, built on a foundation of common cause.
The artists selected for the En Foco Awards––Priya Kambli, Alejandro Durán, Brenda Perry, Adam Amengual, and Christine Nguyen––each employ contemporary strategies to further their ideas and concerns. Their methodologies include repurposed imagery, commercially inspired studio techniques, and site-specific installations constructed solely for the camera. Alluring and thought-provoking, their images beckon us with pure visual appeal, then seductively engage us in sober conversation concerning issues of identity, rehabilitation, environmental awareness, and ruthless assassination. Their projects come from introspection and empathy, from practices steeped in life experience and a keen appreciation of the human condition. In them, we recognize universal themes and familiar stories, invigorated and informed with new faces, new vocabularies and new histories.
Can’t make the exhibit? The New Works #15 Exhibition Catalogue features all the work in the show, and is available via Blurb.com, so you can purchase your very own catalogue and help celebrate the many talents this program helps support.
En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards is an annual program selecting three or more U.S. based photographers of Latino, African or Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific, through a free national call for entries. It helps artists to create or complete an in-depth photographic series exploring themes of their choice, and provides the infrastructure needed for national visibility and a professional exhibition of their new work in the New York area.
Submissions for New Works #16 with juror Natasha Egan of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, will be accepted until July 31, 2012. Online submissions will be made via CallforEntry.org, and details are posted on En Foco’s website.
We owe a very special thanks to those that make this program possible. The 15th New Works program is supported in part by the NY State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Bronx Council on the Arts, Canson Infinity, Manfrotto, PhotoServe, Lowepro, PDN and En Foco’s patrons.
En Foco has had an amazing year. Nueva Luz was a finalist for Photography Magazine of the Year for the second year in a row; we had several fantastic artist talks; increased direct benefits to artists; and personally distributed 6,000 magazines at PDN’s Photo Expo just last month – just to name a few of our most recent activities.
Part of this success is the belief that with your help, we can make incredible things happen. And each year we try something that will reap more rewards for artists and community alike.
Anyone watching the news knows that budget cuts abound, and the headlines might as well send the message to go running for the hills. In fact, Crain’s November 14th article, “Financial Crisis will Kill Nonprofits” estimates 100,000 non-profits will be forced to close.
So I ask you: What kind of message would cutting programs send to those so often excluded from opportunities and access to begin with? Yet this is what so many organizations are being encouraged to do. If anything, we need to bridge the gap by increasing our offerings. How can an artist get ahead in this environment? We NEED to make a difference.
HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
With 2009 marking En Foco’s 35th Anniversary, we are planning a series of celebratory exhibits, artist talks and workshops – it is also the year we will move into our own office space, and could use your help.
Make a donation online. Not only will you be helping support programs for photographers of diverse cultures, your gift will be 100% tax-deductible.
Small gifts also reap great rewards: consider a recurring monthly donation of $10 or more through Network for Good, or by calling our office at 718-931-9311. That way you can feel good about giving all year long, without breaking your wallet.