FANTASY, DREAM AND MAKE BELIEVE
Join us for the opening of “Fantasy, Dream and Make Believe,” a photography and video exhibit presenting the work of three emerging Mexican photographers: Sergio Fonseca, Juan-Carlos Lopez Morales, and Roberto Tondopo. Curated by New York photographer and educator Jerry Vezzuso, the work in “Fantasy, Dream and Make Believe” ranges from the surreal to the hyper-real, situate their subjects– relatives, friends, and the self– within vivid and liminal landscapes. Join us at Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York, one of New York’s oldest artist- run not-for-profit spaces.
Closing Festival reception
From Guadalajara, Sergio Fonseca explores machismo and male personas in a video called Estriper. On a bare stage he performs seductively as a stripper, playing three iconic characters at once: a cowboy, a rapper, and a wrestler. In a second video, 180kph, he traces the path of a biker shooting across a desert horizon, timed to a popular ballad of longing and desire.
Juan-Carlos Lopez Morales, from Mexico City, makes uncanny images that hint at a mysterious narrative, combining portraits with details of environments and figures to create a heightened sense of foreboding and deja vu. His evocative photographs in dim light are singular glimpses that hover between fluid dimensions of the real and unreal.
From Chiapas, Roberto Tondopo depicts his niece and nephew at play, exploring their transition from childhood to adolescence as they enact stories from the artist’s own childhood that shaped his identity as he grew up. Part reality, part fiction, the remembered tales deal with rites of passage, violence, and child abuse. The photographs are selected from Tondopo’s first monograph, Casita de Turron.
Founded in 1884, Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is one of New York’s oldest artist-run not for profit spaces, fostering the development of emerging and under-recognized lens-based artists at critical moments of their careers. Through dynamic programming and access to workspace, Baxter St at CCNY has long been a catalyst for innovative creation within the artistic mediums of photography and video practices. Ranging from exhibitions, workspace residency programs, and conversation series, our core mission is to support and activate a vibrant community deeply engaged with the art of lens-based contemporary practices.
This exhibit is possible thanks to the support of BAXTER STREET at The Camera Club of New York, Mezcal Pierde Almas, and FONCA