The Next Generation of Bronx Photographers

The Next Generation of Bronx Photographers featured 5 local Bronx artists, Abigail Montes, Melanie Gonzalez, Renell Medrano, Osjua A. Newton, and Gloria Zapata and was curated by Marisol Diaz and Oscar J Rivera.

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Abigail Montes series ‘My Beloved Bronx’ is a homage to the people and the organizations that live in the Bronx. A positive human outlook of her community as she laments the plight from the 70’s and 80’s.

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Renell Medrano’s series ‘Untitled Youth,’ is a combination of documentary and staged work as she explores a group of young woman dealing with life in what she perceives from her own life experience to be a challenging situation. Medrano concerns herself with parenting and environmental influences and its determination of life outcomes.

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Osjua A. Newton’s series ‘Broken Joes,’ uses G.I Joe broken dolls with missing limbs as a metaphor to have a dialogue on veterans conditions and their plight returning back from service, some physically different. Others uncared for or forgotten similar to the toys parts he has salvaged.

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Gloria Zapata’s series ‘Dance of Heart,’ her work was inspired by her grandmother who a passed away from cancer. For Zapata this project is not only of promoting awareness of several illness that affect many but its also a process of deep and personal self healing.

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Melanie Gonzalez’s series ‘Discount Saints,’ the constructed form of photography with a clear purpose to depict 21th century Bronx sites as Saints, challenges the perception and the mindset of stereotypes and expectation of what a Saint or a Bronx resident is expected to resemble.