HOUSTON: Documenting Contemporary Social Justice Movements – April 6 – May 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Liana Lopez

March 18, 2010 LLopez

(713) 416-5088

Houston Vanguard:

Documenting Contemporary Social Justice Movements

Protests and Testimony from the Edges of Society

Houston, TX (April 6, 2010) – Nine Houston journalists, artists and activists present a series of raw images captured on assignment and on personal travels in Houston Vanguard: Documenting Contemporary Social Justice Movements, which opens 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at Bohemeo’s (708 Telephone Rd.)

As part of FotoFest’s 2010 Biennial festival, the exhibition is a unique multicultural representation of U.S. Contemporary Photography featuring Hadeel Assali, Thomas Gandy, Rolando Gonzales, Liana Lopez, Jesse Muhammad, Bryan Parras, Claudia Pena, Rocky Perez and Monica Villarreal.

The documentary images originate from the borders on the forefront of our polite society. Ranging from shots taken by iPhone during a Gaza Strip protest where cameras were prohibited to images that convey new perspectives on common, everyday local landscapes, the photographs reveal striking illustrations of communities in Houston, Bolivar, Mexico City, Nicaragua, Gaza and Korea. The collection is a photographic witness to the new struggles that are uniting communities here and worldwide.

Nick Gaitan, whose band’s CD was voted one of Houston Chronicle’s 2009 “Top Ten Local CD’s” with Umbrella Man and who also tours with Billy Joe Shaver, will be playing a special acoustic set at the opening reception which is being sponsored by locally-owned Structura Design (www.structuradesign.com.)

As the first official “Supporting Houston Artists Project” event, all artists, sponsors and even the venue are part of the thriving Houston artist and locally-owned business community.

The exhibition runs through May 3, 2010. Bohemeo’s Hours: Monday: 10am – 10pm;

Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am – 11pm; Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 10am – Midnight; Sunday: Noon – 11pm

For more information, go to contact Liana Lopez at LLopez or 713-416-5088.

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