Gallery Opening: Seis del Sur: BARRIOS

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Seis del Sur: BARRIOS is a photographic group exhibition featuring both the vintage and contemporary photojournalistic and social documentary work of the six members of the Seis del Sur photo collective: Joe Conzo, Ricky Flores, Ángel Franco, David González, Edwin Pagán, and Francisco Molina Reyes II. The exhibition builds on their documentary photography in the Bronx to create a wider imaginary for the barrios and communities of Latino America. The exhibit will be showcasing at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center–NYU (KJCC), starting October 23, 2015 at 6:30PM. KJCC is located at 53 Washington Square South (Sullivan / Thompson Streets).
The 72 works featured in “Barrios” (ˈbär-ē-ˌōz) invoke, reclaim, and explode the notion of the “barrio” in order to reflect on community as experience and metaphor in Latino and Latin America.
The exhibit focuses on a diverse social geography that has been shaped by empire, colonialism, race, and social inequality, and on the ways that language, religion and politics invite us to imagine and question lo común. The idea of comunidad is an integral part of the Hispanic/Latino diaspora
in the Americas. But community is often built in the tension between home and diaspora, between stable bonds and social precariousness, and representations of Latino communities are often composed through problematic frames. The exhibit, then, is conceive d to reflect Latino subjects in the work of Latino photographers and interrogates how Latino and Latin American subjects are perceived, both within and without extended forms of community. The repertoire of images offers a two tier visual tableau that encompasses work created in the U.S. and internationally, including Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Haiti, among others.
The exhibit will also includes 36 prints from the vintage black and white work the collective’s members created in the South Bronx during the 1970s through 1990s, originally showcased at the Bronx Documentary Center in 2013 as part of the highly successful and critically acclaimed exhibit SEIS DEL SUR: Dispatches from Home by Six Nuyorican Photographers.
The “Dispatches” exhibit is credited with sparking the current renewed interest in the history and events that took place in the South Bronx during that period.“ ˈbär-ē-ˌōz” represents the largest selection of the collective’s work shown together to date. The opening reception will take place on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 6:30PM, and the exhibit will have several public programs including a community Town Hall at The Loisaida Center (710 E. 9th Street) on November 12th, and a closing Artist Talk with the Seis at KJCC. Additionally, an advance work-in-progress screening of the feature-length documentary “SIX SHOOTERS,” about the life experiences of Seis del Sur, will be presented at KJCC’s theater on the night of the closing.
The film is directed by Vagabond Alexander Beaumont. Gallery Hours: 9AM to 9PM Monday-Friday. The building is closed on weekends.
The “BARRIOS” exhibit is being presented in partnership with Bronx Documentary Center, The Loisaida Center, Tats Cru, BoriMix, and the generous support of DUGGAL Visual Solutions.
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