Vietnam Street Photographs
Before Your Elders You Must Stand
The Glass Menagerie, Manhattan Style
Neil O. Lawner
The Children of Vigário Geral
In June, the gallery is proud to present six geographically diverse and provocative solo shows ranging from Kenneth Hoffman’s images of Vietnam taken while he was an Army Lieutenant during the war to Robert Kalman’s images of the elders of Larreynaga, Nicagara to Neil O. Lawner’s amusing look at New York City’s holiday windows. Irene Imfeld’s Vacant Nests, the third and final portfolio selected from our annual International Portfolio Competition rounds out the exhibition.
EXHIBITION DATES: June 8, 2016 – July 2, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, from 6pm to 8pm. Everyone welcome.
Vigário Geral, Brazil is located in the Northern part of Rio de Janeiro. It is a favela, most famous for the Vigário Geral Massacre in 1993. There are roughly 900 favelas in Rio. The life choices for young children of the favelas are often limited to drug trafficking, domestic help or manual labor. This is slowly changing as children engage through organizations like AfroReggae, an NGO promoting social change through culture and arts in concert with the strong sense of family and community that already exist. This photographic project evolved by documenting the activities of one of the AfroReggae’s culture centers, located in Vigário Geral. My style is to immerse myself in the rhythm of the location; I work by instinct with no set plan. The sheer pleasure of hanging out with the children and their energy was what inspired this work.