‘Through a Feminine Lens’: Bronx Artists of Color

Works by photographer Gloria Zapata at the Longwood Art Gallery. (Photo via Mott Haven Herald)

“Through a Feminine Lens,” an exhibit of photographs and photo-based artworks by seven Bronx women of color, explores how the artists see numerous themes affecting their lives today intersecting and being represented in their art. The exhibit, at the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, opened June 27 and will run through Aug. 8, reports Gustavo Huerta in Mott Haven Herald. Juanita Lanzo, the exhibit’s co-curator and the gallery director, arranged the exhibit.

“Being a woman, being a woman working as a photographer, being a woman of color working as a photographer and touching upon religion, spirituality and immigration which is all relatable to today’s politics,” Lanzo said. “It’s also the identity of being an American, being the child of an immigrant, second or third generation and exploring how you define that, especially when you’re a woman of color.”

The artists participating in the exhibit are Gloria Zapata, Adeline Lulo, Melanie Gonzalez, Lisa DuBois, Christa David, Maria Estevez and Ijeoma D. Iheancho.

One of Zapata’s images shows the back of a shirtless woman, a white ribbon surrounded by smaller colored ribbons, painted on her back. The image is in black and white but the ribbons are saturated with color.

Another of the artists, Lulo, says she has been an avid photographer her whole life. She uses her work to show daily life in the Dominican Republican, her ancestral home, photographing life on the island to help her reconnect with a place she has visited frequently, and to which she maintains an attachment.

“Growing up, I realized there were a lot of differences between my life in New York and my life in DR. I did many different things over there, I would play made-up games and the light would go out and we would make songs about it,” Lulo said. “When I would come to New York I just realized how different things were, like the way we lived or how the homes looked or how we had a lot more over here than we did over there.”

Go to Mott Haven Herald for more about the exhibit.

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