En Foco and The BxArts Factory present The Story Unveiled: Illuminating Womxn’s Narratives, an exhibition hosted at The BxArts Factory from March 7 – March 31, 2024. 

The Story Unveiled highlights womxn’s stories that have often been woven into the background of history. Overshadowed by dominant narratives that fail to capture the depth and diversity of their lived experiences. Six contemporary artists employ their diverse practices to illuminate the multifaceted dimensions of womxn’s lives. Through a variety of mediums, these artists embark on a profound journey of self-discovery, intertwining their personal narratives with broader histories echoing the sentiment that the personal is indeed political. Featuring the works of Stephanie Ayala (she/her), Lizzy Alejandro (she/her), Leenda Bonilla (she/they), Tasha Dougé (she/her), Katherine Miranda (they/he), and Sofie Vasquez (she/her). Co-curated by Kay Hickman (she/her) and Laura Alvarez (she/her). 

On view: March 7 – March 31, 2024
Opening Reception: March 7, 2024 | 5 PM-7 PM
Location: BxArts Factory – 240 East 153rd Street, Bronx, NY 10451
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Stephanie Ayala (she/her) – Is a New York City-based multi-dimensional artist exploring the practice of photography and glass. She is ambitious in wanting to know the range of her potential. In order to keep on discovering and using her choice of medium to learn through practice and research of what she sees as light. Her work is rooted in metaphysics, curiosity and the ephemeral of life.

Lizzy Alejandro (she/her) – Is a visual artist from The Bronx. She received her MFA in Digital Media from Lehman College in 2019. Her work explores themes of identity and challenges notions of the status quo.

Leenda Bonilla (she/her) – Is an interdisciplinary artist, arts/cultural producer, who specializes in civic engagement and art-making practices. Leenda develops diaristic projects that focus on the impact of popular culture and social tropes from her experiences in various communities. She conceptualizes to elevate the narratives of self, and residents living the local/global urban scene and intersects gender, race, identity, and age into multidisciplinary art to reclaim the lost narrative of her diasporic Puerto Rican heritage.

Tasha Dougé (she/her) – Is a Bronx-based, Haitian-infused artist, activist & cultural vigilante. Her body of work activates conversations around women, advocacy, sex, education, societal “norms”, identity, and Black pride. Through conceptual art, teaching, and performance, Dougé devotedly strives to evoke empowerment for women and illuminate the contributions of Black people.

Katherine Miranda (they/he) – Is a Latinx non-binary multidisciplinary artist. Interested in the innate way familial and communal stories are connected to ancestral lineages; Miranda’s artistic practice is one that is deeply rooted in the idea that our histories hold both value and power.

Sofie Vasquez (she/her) – Is an Ecuadorian artist born in NYC and raised in The Bronx. Sofie began photographing the independent professional wrestling scene in her borough which led to committing five years of her life dedicated to solely documenting this subculture statewide.

Kay Hickman (she/her) – Is a New York-based visual artist and curator. With an inquisitive eye, she offers a unique and empathetic perspective into everyday life. Her work largely focuses on documenting the human experience as it relates to identity, human rights, and health issues. Her curatorial practice challenges perceptions and delves into the complexities of the human experience.

Laura Alvarez (she/her) – Is a Spanish-born, Bronx-based illustrator, artist, author, muralist and community activist. She creates to inspire the community and start conversations about controversial subjects. Laura is the Co-Founder of BxArts Factory, non-profit committed to unlocking the inner artist in Bronx Community. She is also a board member of Artbridge, a non-profit that empowers emerging artists to transform urban spaces. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows. Laura started curating art exhibitions in 2015.

BxArts Factory
The BxArts Factory endeavors to become a preeminent Arts Institution in the Bronx, committed to supporting local artists and art projects focused on making art accessible to communities in the Bronx and using art to address social and economic inequities in the Bronx. BxAF is a 501c3, non-profit organization that connects Bronx-based artists and the community, in experiences, events, and opportunities for connection, community development, and healing.

For more information, please visit: https://bxartsfactory.org/

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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, The Mellon Foundation,  The Joy of Giving Something, Inc., Ford Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and individual donors.