6th Annual Latin American Foto Festival

6th Annual Latin American Foto Festival

opening reception

Jul 13, 2023 | 6 - 9pm


Jul 13 - Jul 30, 2023


On view: July 13 - 30, 2023

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 13th, 6-9PM

Artists featured include:
Audrey Cordova | Federico Ríos Escobar | Natalia Favre | Zahara Gómez | Nicole Kramm | Cuerpas Reales, Hinchas Reales | Sonia Madrigal | Mayra Martell | Project MiRA | Musuk Nolte | Nuevayorkinos | Fernanda Pineda | Ángela Ponce | María Jesús Folil Pueller | Greta Rico

View the LAFF Map here

The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) will hold its 6th annual Latin American Foto Festival (LAFF) from July 13- 30, featuring large-scale photographs by both emerging and established, award-winning photographers, with their work displayed throughout the South Bronx’s Melrose neighborhood.

The Festival will include works from Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela–photographs representing long-term projects on missing persons; femicides; indigenous people's rights; trans rights; youth exodus; Venezuela through young girls’ eyes; women soccer fans, and Latino and Caribbean contributions to Hip Hop culture. As part of the Festival, the BDC will hold in-person workshops, tours, panel discussions, and other community events.

The Latin American Foto Festival is curated by Cynthia Rivera and Michael Kamber. 

Spanish translations by Maria de la Paz Galindo. 

Outdoor exhibitions printed by Photoville.





BEING - Fernanda Pineda

Catatumbo is one of the areas with the greatest presence of armed groups in Colombia, where drug trafficking and social exclusion have been major issues. Alejandra Mandón is the first trans woman in Catatumbo, who decided to transition in the middle of the pandemic. Months later, new armed groups appear in the area, breaking the sense of security they had achieved. Alejandra continues her studies and graduates as a teacher, but her fear of the dynamics of the town grows.



SAYA - María Jesús Pueller

Saya is a percussive form of Afro-Bolivian music and dance that originated in the Yungas jungles of Bolivia. According to the photographer María Jesús Pueller, this music “contains the best-kept secrets of Afro-Bolivian communities–their arrival from Africa, their passage through America, their suffering turned into percussion and their pain transformed into songs to the rhythm of the kuancha and the cedar drum.”





MIRA (LOOK) - Lexi Parra 

Founded in 2018, Project MiRA (LOOK) is an alternative educational initiative, bringing mobile photography workshops to vulnerable youth in Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas. Through free community workshops, Project MiRA creates a space for discussion, critical analysis, and visual creation. Participating youth not only learn photography but how to visually represent themselves, their neighborhoods, and larger social issues. Some of the students collaborated with the BDC’s youth program (the Bronx Junior Photo League) in 2022-2023. 





ASHANINKAS - Musuk Nolte

The majority of the Ashaninka inhabit the higher sections of the rainforest of Peru, with smaller numbers living in Brazil as well. Their story is a tale of constant struggle to defend their territory and their way of life. The people, landscapes and scenes documented by this project tell stories of adversity, courage, wisdom and healing.Their experiences underscore the inseparable relationship between oral memory, history, territory, health and the power of indigenous populations.






Nuevayorkinos is a digital archive, multimedia project, and party series dedicated to preserving Ñew York City Latino and Caribbean culture and history through family photographs, videos, and stories. Through a call for submissions from its contributors, Nuevayorkinos will celebrate Latino & Caribbean contributions to Hip-Hop.




The photographer Natalia Favre notes that “Cuba is experiencing a mass exodus. As a photographer based between Argentina and Cuba, every time I return to the island, more and more friends have left. A political and economic crisis further worsened by the impact of Covid has left many Cubans feeling they have no option but to leave their homeland.” For the last three years Favre has been focusing her work on the effects in Cuba of this emigration crisis. 





Feminist demonstrations in Chile in the last 5 years came to be known as "the third feminist wave" or the "Chilean feminist revolt", as they demanded the end of machismo and gender inequality. The international movements "Ni una menos” and “Me Too" also reached Chile and with increasing revelations about gender violence in their country, millions of Chilean women mobilized, demanding greater equality; an end to violence against women; judicial justice for the victims of violence; free and safe abortion; and a range of other social and economic rights.




79 Photographers, 10 Countries: 

The collective of photographers is an international group of women who share a passion for photography and football (soccer). They seek to challenge gender stereotypes and cultural standards associated with the role of women, and build a more inclusive and violence-free space. The exhibition reflects a variety of ages, bodies, and social struggles, aiming to represent a more complete and diverse image of women and dissidents in football culture.



ONLY WILL BE BLACK MOUNTAINS - Ángela Ponce (Peruvian)

Peru is going through a mining boom, especially in the provinces of Puno, Ayacucho and Cusco in the Andes, where large mining companies are working to extract different types of metals such as copper and gold. However, this activity contributes to global warming and thereby to the melting of the Quelccaya Ice Cap. The first to be affected are the people of the rural communities near the mining camps who find it increasingly impossible to continue farming raising livestock and preserving their mountains.





DESAPARECIDAS - Audrey Cordova Rampant 

Desaparecidas (Disappeared Women), is a long investigative story, started in 2017, about the lack of government efforts to find disappeared women in Peru, a country with a high level of femicide and more than ten thousand missing women each year. The project focuses on four families seeking justice, fighting to find out the truth about their disappeared relatives and friends. These families have to face gender violence from police and a justice system not prepared to search for their relatives.






As the photographer Greta Rico explains, “in November 2017, the body of my cousin Fernanda was found on the street in a garbage bag with signs of sexual violence and three gunshots. This documentary project tells the story of my cousin Siomara who became a substitute mother for her niece Nicole, since her mother was a victim of femicide. The work explores how femicide doesn’t end with the murder itself, but has psychosocial repercussions. Because of gender violence in Mexico, the trauma spreads to the orphaned children and to the mothers, sisters, grandmothers, and aunts who become their substitute mothers.”



THE ACT OF MISSING - Mayra Martell

The Act of Missing is a project by Mexican photographer Mayra Martell looking at the disappearance of women and femicide in Ciudad Juarez in the period from 2005 to 2022. It depicts a  panorama of terror and violence, ranging from the femicides themselves to the attempts to reconstruct the missing victims’ identities through a variety of methods. 




LA MUERTE SALE POR EL ORIENTE (Death goes out through the East) - Sonia Madrigal

According to the National Citizens’ Observatory on Femicide, a national network tracking femicides, ten Mexican women die every day from extreme violence. This project focuses onThe State of Mexico, with the highest number of cases, concentrated in municipalities such as Ecatepec, Chimalhuacán and Nezahualcóyotl. Mexico.




RECETARIO PARA LA MEMORIA (Recipe Book For Memory) - Zahara Gómez Lucini 

This project has gathered recipes from Las Rastreadoras del Fuerte, a group of mothers and family members in Los Mochis, Sinaloa–the favorite recipes of their missing relatives, whom they have been searching for since 2014. According to the photographer Zahara Gómez Lucini, “El Recetario para la memoria is a tribute to those who are no longer here and to those of us who still resist–a project to feed our memory and nourish ourselves with resistance.”



PATHS OF DESPERATE HOPE - Federico Ríos Escobar 


For thousands of Afghans, the US withdrawal from Kabul was just the beginning of a long and dangerous search for safety. They left Afghanistan in the direction of Pakistan, then traveled to Brazil, and then across South America to Colombia, through the Darien Gap to Panama, and then across Central America to Mexico and over the wall to the United States.



Exhibitions on view at:
Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtland Ave, NY Bronx 10451
BDC Annex, 364 E 151st St, Bronx, NY 10455
And outdoor locations throughout the South Bronx’s Melrose neighborhood. 

Gallery Hours: Thur-Fri 3-7PM & Sat-Sun 1-5PM
Free admission

Public Programming:

Saturday, July 15, 5PM
LAFF Screening & Panel: 'From Mambo to Hip-Hop'
BDC Annex, 364 E. 151st St, Bronx, NY 10455

Tuesday, July 18, 6:30PM
LAFF Panel Talk: Femicides & Documenting Trauma
BDC Annex, 364 E. 151st St, Bronx, NY 10455

Thursday, July 20, 6:30PM
Panel Talk + Presentation: Cuerpas Reales, Hinchas Reales (Real Bodies, Real Fans)
BDC Annex, 364 E. 151st St, Bronx, NY 10455

LAFF Book Launch: Zahara Gómez, “Recetarios”
BDC Annex, 364 E. 151st St, Bronx, NY 10455

Tuesday, July 25, 6:30PM
LAFF Screening: 'Faith in Blackness'

BDC, 614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

Saturday, July 29, 6:30PM
LAFF Screening: 'Sansón and Me'

BDC Annex, 364 E. 151st St, Bronx, NY 10455

Sunday, July 30, 12-5PM
LAFF Closing Block Party

151st St x Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 

The 6th Annual Latin American Foto Festival is made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by City Council member Rafael Salamanca; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul; the NY State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; and Con Edison.

HEADER IMAGE: © Ángela Ponce