EXHIBITIONS: ON VIEW: 'HEART OF THE SOUTH BRONX: TRADES'
'HEART OF THE SOUTH BRONX: TRADES'
Curated by Elisabeth Biondi
42 color photographs
From May 17 to July 19, 2014
Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 3 pm to 6 pm.
THE POINT's Art Container,
Campus for the Arts and Environment
1391 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx, New York , 10474
For special appointment and for information, contact Carey Clark:
Carey Clark at: firstname.lastname@example.org or: 1-917-822-4853
Elisabeth Biondi, Curator: Wall Text of the exhibition
Martine grew up in France and lived in the West Village before she moved to Port Morris six years ago. She cares about where she lives and she believes in the positive power of art/photography. With the help of THE POINT she wants to engage the local community and also reach beyond it. Her photography is her tribute to The South Bronx, to her and her family’s home.
She started to take photographs for this project after extensive research. First she identified the various enterprises that make up the economic community here. From the beginning her goal was to highlight the historic and economic importance of trades and workers in The South Bronx. She did not want to focus on the difficulties and familiar, grim visual clichés. Instead she examines what keeps people working in busineses large and small and what is being produced and crafted with care. It is a project in progress but she already assembled a remarkable group of photographs that reflect the vitality and diversity of these neighborhoods. Once finished, it will be a comprehensive and eye-opening document of the economic heart of The South Bronx.
Ms. Fougeron decided to cover photographically each trade in four different ways. Her compelling portraits focus on the working people; her striking landscapes place the project geographically; her environmental pictures are both informative and reflective; and her close-ups are simply beautiful abstractions. Together it adds up to a remarkable artistic document of Port Morris and Hunts Point.
Read the press on the exhibition:
DART: 'Martine Fougeron at THE POINT' by Peggy Roalf