© Don Gregório Antón,
The Thread Binds What the Needle Claims, 2008.

© Louis Carlos Bernal, Dos mujeres, familia López, 1978.

© Delilah Montoya,
Humane Borders Water Station, 2004

EN FOCO | Exhibitions
En Foco/In Focus: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection at The Arts at CIIS

AdálJaishri AbichandaniMax Aguilera HellwegSama Alshaibi
Don Gregorio AntónChuy BenitezLouis Carlos BernalDawoud Bey
Charles Biasiny-RiveraTerry BoddieSamantha BoxRoger CabánValdir Cruz
Gerald CyrusPhil DanteAna de OrbegosoLuis DelgadoDean Dempsey
Lola FlashRicky FloresMyra GreeneMuriel HasbunGermán Herrera
Kenro IzuNitza LunaGeorge MalaveFrank X. MéndezHéctor Méndez Caratini
Stephen MarcRania MatarAnnu Palakunnathu MatthewLarry McNeil
Groana MelendezTony MendozaNéstor MillánDelilah MontoyaPipo Nguyen-duyDulce PinzónBonnie PortelanceSophie RiveraJuan SánchezKunié Sugiura
Jane TamHank Willis ThomasHong-An Truong
Kathy VargasVíctor VázquezWendel White

January 22 – March 24, 2013

Opening Reception:
February TBD, 2013

Artist Talk:
February 28, 2013 at 6:30pm
En Foco and CIIS are pleased to feature a conversation with exhibition curator, Elizabeth Ferrer and En Foco's Executive Director Miriam Romais | CIIS Main Building, 4th floor, The Arts at CIIS, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Arts at CIIS
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

"En Foco is recognized in the field of photography for its publications, annual New Works Fellowship program, workshops and exhibitions. Much less known is a collection that it has amassed of works by many of the photographers who have taken part in its programs. It now numbers nearly 700 prints dating largely from the 1970s to the present day, encompassing not only a plurality of voices but also subject matter, photographic approaches, and points of view. This collection – representing images and artists that are largely absent from published surveys of photography, museum collections, and academic curricula in the field – can be seen as rich evidence of a parallel history of recent photography. The images presented in this exhibition offer an introduction into this significant photographic collection."
--Elizabeth Ferrer, Guest Curator

En Foco has developed the first permanent collection in the U.S. dedicated to U.S. based photographers of the Latin American, African, Asian and Native American diaspora. This collection creates a parallel history of photography by bringing together artists and images largely absent from the mainstream photography field and unseen by the public.

The show is comprised of 56 striking prints by 49 artists of 21 differing ethnicities/nationalities. The work dates from the 1970s to the present day, and offers a snapshot of this missing history of photographers who used the camera to document their neighborhoods in the ‘70s and ‘80s, press for the inclusion of multicultural voices in artistic, political and media spheres in the ‘90s and increasingly comment on both local and universal themes using the virtual realm in the present day. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue completes an often-unacknowledged part of modern photographic history.

This exhibition was guest curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, Director of Contemporary Art at BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by: The National Endowment for the Arts, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Bronx Council on the Arts, Canson Infinity, Archival Methods and Light Work.

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