Spring Visit to the BDC

This is our 3rd session of the spring term at ICP at THE POINT’s Monday preteen class. Today we went on a field trip to the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC).  The BDC is a non-profit gallery and educational space. The exhibition we saw, New Works #18: En Foco’s Photography Fellowship Awardsis from photographers from En Foco, a photo agency that supports photographers of diverse cultures with Latino, African, and Asian heritage.

The BDC invited Joana Toro, one of the exhibiting photographers, to give a guest lecture to our students. She talked about her project I Am Hello Kitty. She explained that it documents her personal struggle to make a livelihood and find her “identity” in the United States after she moved here from Colombia.

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Exhibiting photographer Joana Toro welcomes the students to the BDC. Credit: Rita Zambori, ICP Teaching Assistant

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Joana explains her project, I Am Hello Kitty. Credit: Rita Zambori

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The Hello Kitty mask that Joana used during her work in Times Square. Credit: Isabel Figueroa, ICP Teaching Assistant

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Students watching a slideshow of Joana’s project I Am Hello Kitty. Credit: Isabel Figueroa

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Student Floyd watching Joana’s slideshow. Credit: Rita Zambori

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Joana wearing her Hello Kitty mask. Credit: Isabel Figueroa

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Students trying on the Hello Kitty mask. Credit: Rita Zambori

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Teaching Assistants Rita (left) and Isabel (right), documenting and enjoying the field trip. Credit: Chantal Heijnen, ICP Faculty

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Students listening to Joana while she explains her way of photographing. Credit: Chantal Heijnen

After the slideshow,  Bianca Farrow, Gallery Manager and Project Coordinator of the Bronx Documentary Center, showed us the other exhibiting artists.

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Bianca introducing another project in the En Foco exhibition. Credit: Rita Zambori

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Students viewing more photographs at the BDC. Credit: Rita Zambori

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Students looking at another body of work in the En Foco exhibition. Credit: Isabel Figueroa

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Group photo with our class and Joana wearing her Hello Kitty mask. Credit: BDC volunteer

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