3rd Annual Latin American Foto Festival

3rd Annual Latin American Foto Festival


Jul 23 - Aug 2, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our indoor galleries will remain closed: this photo festival will be made up of outdoor
banners and projections as well as the virtual component viewable at bronxdoc.org.

Luján Agusti | Eric Allende | COVID LATAM | Luisa Dörr | Adriana Loureiro Fernández | Leo Goldstein | Jorge Pachoaga | César Rodriguez

The Bronx Documentary Center's (BDC)
3rd Annual Latin American Foto Festival will feature large-scale photographs throughout the Melrose community by award-winning photographers from the Caribbean and Latin America. Artists from Colombia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile and Argentina will be displaying photos from a variety of long term projects focusing on social issues. As part of the festival, the BDC will hold virtual workshops, tours, and panel discussions for our online and Bronx community which is home to many thousands of Latino immigrants. 

Two of the photographers in this year's festival celebrate the role and strength of Latin American women. Luisa Dörr will show her images of cowgirls and rodeo life in Brazil while Adriana Parilla explores the cultural roots of Afro-identity in Puerto Rico. 

Eric Allende, co-founder of Migrar photo, photographs the recent uprising in Chile. These images will be shown across the street from Luján Agusti's documentation of Payasos de Coatepec, a project on religion, colonialism and culture, and created in Veracruz, Mexico.

An exhibition of Venezualan photography which exposes a personal reflection on the violence, poverty, and political upheaval in the country, will be projected nightly on the BDC's back patio. In addition, a project on Colombia's Nasa indegenous communities by Jorge Panchoaga will be projected on the corner of 151st street and Courtlandt Ave. 

The COVID LATAM collective will be showing the photographs of their 18 members on the effects of the COVID-19 virus throughout Latin America including Uruguay, Ecuador, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. 
The legendary Leo Goldstein's photographs of Spanish Harlem from the 1950's will be exhibited on the BDC's fence, across the street from black and white photos created in the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico by César Rodriguez which will be displayed in the 151st street community garden.

The Latin American Foto Festival's outdoor display will take place in the BDC's Melrose neighborhood, one of New York's fastest-growing and most dynamic communities. With installations along city sidewalks, schools, and in community gardens, the festival will be seen by thousands of residents each day. It is one of New York's most exciting and important cultural displays of the year. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our indoor galleries will remain closed: this photo festival will be made up of outdoor banners and projections as well as the virtual component viewable at bronxdoc.org. 

The exhibition is curated by the Bronx Documentary Center's Exhibition Coordinator Cynthia Rivera, and Executive Director Michael Kamber.

The 3rd Annual Latin American Foto Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Con Edison, and the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Spanish translations: Maria De La Paz Galindo

The outdoor exhibits were printed by Photoville


HEADER IMAGE : A young girl harvesting poppy in the mountains of Guerrero. She doesn't go to school, she works taking opium from the poppy to help her family. Guerrero, Mexico. © Cesar R. Guerrero

INTERIOR IMAGES (LR): Yanca Cristina Oliveira de Souza 22. "Since I was 10 I was taking part of beauty contests, I was named The Miss of the City of Barretos, Miss Cowboy, Miss Comercio, and a couple of others but the only contest that I truly dreamed of winning was Queen of the Independents, and today my dream came true. I want to do my best to represent the Festa do Peao. " © Luisa Dörr; Luis works in the tull (the garden of the house), cleaning the corn. Angela, her oldest daughter has come out to see how the wind pushes the plants and whistles among the mountains. The tull is the space next to the house where the most important plants of the house are sown, as well as their food security: corn, beans, aromatic and medicinal herbs, among others. This image is part of my monographic work Behind the Mountain that delves into the indigenous life of Cauca in contemporary Colombia, in a personal journey through the roots of my Nasa indigenous family. © Jorge Panchoaga