Opening Reception: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 4 - 7pm
The Bronx Junior Photo League, the BDC’s after-school documentary photography program, spent the first months of 2017 interviewing and photographing immigrants in our community. This work reveals the challenges and triumphs of life in today’s New York City immigrant community.
For this project, Bianca Colón documented immigrant artists in New York City. She writes: "The art world is historically dominated by Caucasian men, which does not accurately represent the diversity of the New York City art scene. Too often, the narrative of immigrants is chosen for them, not by them: the inclusion of immigrant artists helps to dispel stereotypes and educate viewers about other cultures. My project includes interviews and photographs of poets, photographers and multi-disciplinary artists from Egypt, Mexico and the Dominican Republic." Among these artists, Bianca visited Martha Naranjo Sandoval's studio.
Bronx Junior Photo League student Bianca Colón spent her Sunday afternoon photographing and interviewing Mexican artist Martha Naranjo Sandoval for her final project. The BJPL students, who are all working on final projects related to immigration, will be exhibiting their work at the BDC on June 15th. #photoeducation #bronxjuniorphotoleague #immigration #makeportraits
Bianca Colon 15' is a Puerto Rican that was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. She is currently a freshman at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. Bianca attends the Bronx Junior Photo League program at the Bronx Documentary Center. She was accepted to participate in The 3rd International High School Students’ Photo Festival Exchange in Higashikawa, Japan during the summer. During Bianca’s downtime she designs characters and make stories with them. In the future Bianca wants to be a comic book artist and a fashion designer.