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New Works #18: En Foco’s Photography Fellowship Awards at the Bronx Documentary Center

The Bronx Documentary Center and En Foco are proud to present
a major exhibition by the 18th New Works Photography Fellowship Awardees:
Alan Chin, Eyakem Gulilat, Angie Keller, Hye-Ryoung Min, and Joana Toro. 

On View: April 4th – May 9th, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday April 4th, 6-8:30PM


Juror Danielle Jackson, Co-Founder of The Bronx Documentary Center, states, “A few projects excelled in their technical ability, clarity of vision, originality and execution of concept. This year’s winners invite us to understand cultures unknown to many American audiences. Their projects consider the power of place, and the nature of connection and isolation.”

Eyakem Gulilat’s performative images use traditional dress, props and location to restage tableaus based on childhood memories in Nazareth, Ethiopia.
Alan Chin’s photographs also revisit his ancestral homeland, documenting his family’s rural village in China.
Angie Keller travels to El Carmen, a Province of Chincha in Peru and photographs the Afro-Peruvian women in the town, documenting the obstacles many women in this community face – whereas Hye-Ryoung Min’s examines the life of a 7-year-old girl, while forcing the viewer to look differently at the types of people we see but know little about.
Joana Toro studies the status of Latin immigrants in the United States through an eyehole in the head of a Hello Kitty costume in Times Square. “These are intriguing human experiences hidden in plain sight,” states Jackson.




En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards is an annual program that awards several U.S. based photographers of Latino, African or Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific, through a free, national call for entries. The program helps artists create or complete an in-depth photographic series exploring themes of their choice, and provides the infrastructure needed for national visibility and a professional exhibition of their new work in the New York area. They are able to hone their craft, gain experience, exposure, funds, an exhibition and photo-related products.
The goal of New Works is to identify and promote talented emerging and mid-career artists, creating a cross-cultural dialogue and providing artists with exposure and growth opportunities. Past jurors have included prestigious figures in the world of photography as Natasha Egan, Director and Curator at Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; Deborah Willis, curator, author, photographer and Chair of the Photo & Imaging Dept. at NYU/TISCH; and many more.

Support for the 2014-2015 program has been provided by: The New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Bronx Council on the Arts with additional support from Lowpro.

Image credits: (Descending order) Eyakem Gulilat, Untitled from Mother’s Prayers series; Alan Chin, High School Students, from Toishan series; Angie Keller, Lucy’s Wedding, from El Carmen series; Hye-Ryoung Min, Untitled from Yeonsoo series; Joana Toro, I am Hello Kitty 3, from I am Hello Kitty series.
About the Artists and Juror

Eyakem Gulilat’s work is rooted in a quest for belonging. Gulilat focuses on the complexities of cross- cultural encounter, perceptions of time, memory, and place. Gulilat obtained a BA from Abilene Christian University and MFA from the University of Oklahoma. He was selected as an artist in residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York and at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon. Gulilat has won several awards including the Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowship and the National Photography Fellowship Competition at Midwest Center for Photography. Along with the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, he is a recipient of the 2012 National Endowment for the Arts grant. He was selected as an awardee for En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards #18, 2014-2015.www.eyakem.com

Alan Chin was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1996, he has worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Central Asia, and Ukraine. Domestically, Alan documented the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 presidential campaign, and the Occupy movement. He is a contributing photographer to The New York Times, Newsweek, Al-Jazeera America, and many other publications, and photographer at Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA). His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Alan is currently working on a book project due to be completed in 2015, about his ancestral region of Toishan in southern China. He was selected as an awardee for En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards #18, 2014-2015. www.alanschin.com

Joana Toro is a freelance and self-taught photojournalist and documentary photographer based in New York City. She was born in Bogota, Colombia. She worked as a staff photographer with the major magazines and newspapers in her native country. Toro has traveled since 2009 making her own photographic projects that have been published among international media. She recently published her first monograph Masked (oodee,London 2014). I am Hello Kitty series was featured in The New York Times in 2014. She was also a winner in Latin American Photography Collection, American Photography 2012, a finalist in the FNPI Gabriel Garcia Marquez Iberoamerican photo contest in 2010 as well as the winner of Photography Cultural Heritage Colombian Ministry of culture in 2009. Joana is 2014-2015 member of Guild, and is contributor in Redux pictures. She was selected as an awardee for En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards #18, 2014-2015. www.joanatoro.com

Angie Keller is a Peruvian-American photographer. In 2011, after 16 years of teaching Spanish at a university level, she decided to solely focus on photography. While teaching, she studied photography at Missouri State University’s Department of Art and Design. She has always been passionate about traveling, and always with a camera in her hands. She was selected as an awardee for En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards #18, 2014-2015. www.angiekeller.com 

Hye-Ryoung Min is a South Korean photographer living and working in NYC. In 2014, her work was selected as Honorable Mention in the Center Forward at The Center for Fine Art Photography, the 20th Juried Exhibition at Griffin Museum of Photography, the AHL Foundation’s Camera Lucida Revisited exhibition and 88th Annual International Competition’s Semi-finalists exhibition at The Print Center. She was also invited to The FotoVisura Lodge Artist Residency. In 2012, she received Honorable Mention in Fine Art at the International Photography Awards and was a Rising Artist Award finalist at the Seoul Museum of Art. Her photographs have been shown at several venues in NYC including COOHAUS Art, hpgrp gallery, John Jay Art Gallery, Greenwich House, ASMP Gallery and Photoville in Brooklyn. She has participated in exhibitions at The Center for Fine Art Photography, Griffin Museum of Photography, MASS MoCA and Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography. She has exhibited internationally at the Seoul Museum of Art(SeMA), Gallery LUX, Gallery COMMA, Sejong Art Center, UNESCO Gallery in Seoul. She was selected as an awardee for En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards #18, 2014-2015. www.hyeryoungmin.com

Danielle Jackson is passionate about finding ways for discrete people, ideas, and disciplines to come together. She is the co-founder of the Bronx Documentary Center, an internationally-recognized gallery and educational space that uses photojournalism, documentary photography and film to create conversation on social change. She has worked for Magnum Photos, International Center of Photography, and the Museum of Modern Art. She holds a BFA in Film and Television and MA in Africana Studies from NYU.  Her observations on visual culture can be found at www.cultureculture.organd on Twitter @makerthinker. She lives and works in the South Bronx.


Foco, Inc. is a non-profit organization that nurtures and supports contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of diverse cultures, primarily U.S. residents of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific. Founded in 1974, En Foco makes their work visible to the art world while remaining accessible to under-serviced communities, using photography as a vehicle to raise awareness. Through exhibitions, workshops, events and publications, En Foco uses the photographic arts as an approachable means to promote cultural equity, giving a more inclusive portrayal of the artistic contributions made by artists of color, and a supportive platform for them to grow into different stages of their careers. Learn more at www.enfoco.org and follow them on facebook.com/enfoco& twitter.com/enfoco



Founded in 2011, the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is a non-profit gallery and educational space devoted to documentary projects from around the globe. Located on the ground floor of a recently revitalized building in the South Bronx, the BDC aims to create an engaging environment for local and international photojournalists, artists, filmmakers, critics and educators committed to innovative methods of non-fiction storytelling.

Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 | info@bronxdoc.org | 718-993-3512

Subway: 2/5 train to 3rd Ave-149th Street. BDC is located three blocks from the station.
Bus: BX2, BX6, BX13, BX32, BX41.
Car: Parking lot available adjacent to building.

Gallery Hours
The Bronx Documentary Center is open to the public Thursday and Friday 3-7pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.


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