Seis del Sur's 'BARRIOS' - Opening October 23rd at King Juan Carlos Center (NYU)
“Seis del Sur: BARRIOS (\ˈbär-ē-ˌōz\)" – 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, Francisco Molina Reyes II, and Edwin Pagán. 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 (KJCC), starting October 23, 2015.The 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 conceived 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. The exhibit will also include the vintage black and white work the collective’s members created in the South Bronx during the 1970s through 1990s.
“\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 Town Hall at The Loisaida Center, and a panel and closing Artist Talk with the Seis at KJCC.