Seis del Sur: BARRIOS

October 22nd, 2015



“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, Edwin Pagán, and Francisco Molina Reyes II. 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 – NYU (KJCC), starting October 23, 2015 at 6:30PM. KJCC is located at 53 Washington Square South (Sullivan / Thompson Streets).

The 72 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, among others.

The exhibit will also includes 36 prints from the vintage black and white work the collective’s members created in the South Bronx during the 1970s through 1990s, originally showcased at the Bronx Documentary Center in 2013 as part of the highly successful and critically acclaimed exhibit “SEIS DEL SUR: Dispatches from Home by Six Nuyorican Photographers.” The “Dispatches” exhibit is credited with sparking the current renewed interest in the history and events that took place in the South Bronx during that period.

“\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 community Town Hall at The Loisaida Center (710 E. 9th Street) on November 12th, and a closing Artist Talk with the Seis at KJCC. Additionally, an advance work-in-progress screening of the feature-length documentary “SIX SHOOTERS,” about the life experiences of Seis del Sur, will be presented at KJCC’s theater on the night of the closing. The film is directed by Vagabond Alexander Beaumont (cell phone #).

Gallery Hours: 9AM to 9PM Monday-Friday. The building is closed on weekends.

The “BARRIOS”exhibit is being presented in partnership with Bronx Documentary Center, The Loisaida Center, Tats Cru, BoriMix, and the generous support of DUGGAL Visual Solutions.


Seis del Sur

The collective is comprised of six social documentary photographers and photojournalists – Joe Conzo, Jr., Ricky Flores, Ángel Franco, David González, Edwin Pagán, and Francisco Molina Reyes II — who came together after its current members attended a solo show for Joe Conzo, Jr. at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) at Hunter College on March 11, 2010, realized they had an enormous body of photographic work in common about the South Bronx (1970s-1990s), and had likewise documented the region since their youth from an “insider’s point-of-view.”

The group’s name, ‘Seis del Sur’ literally means ‘Six From The South’ in Spanish, a tip of the hat to the region of their creative formative years – the South Bronx.

Bronx Documentary Center
Founded in 2011, the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is a non-profit gallery and educational space. Our mission is to share photography, film and new media with underserved Bronx communities and the cultural community at large. We use these mediums to foster dialogue around contemporary local, national and global issues. Through exhibitions, screenings, and public programming, we show the work of internationally renowned and emerging photographers and filmmakers who are dealing with themes that guide the BDC: justice, education and social progress.
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
The Center’s mission is to promote the research and teaching on Spain and the Spanish-speaking world at the university, and to mount free public programs for a general audience that highlight the history, politics and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

The Loisaida Center
The Loisaida Center is one of only two Puerto Rican/Latino based multi-use facilities remaining in the downtown area. The Loisaida Center aspires to build a connection between community, learners, artists and scholars through affordable education opportunities in cultural fields, S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) design and everyday life.

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