Heroes Among Us
If you ask Dulce Pinzon to define Gotham’s real superheroes, she’ll tell you they are the undocumented immigrants eking out livings as nannies, taxi drivers, delivery boys, and laundromat attendants.
For close to a decade, the Mexican photographer has created color portraits of immigrants going about their daily business in the Big Apple while dressed as the masked and caped crusaders of the Justice League. Her picture of Superman depicts a Brooklyn restaurant delivery boy, and Wonder Woman appears in full regalia while wrestling with a load of laundry. Her Spider-Man is shown washing windows 18 stories above the street at a building facing the East River.
Pinzon, who seeks to draw attention to the plight of these workers who send remittances home to their families, is part of “Latino/U.S. Cotidiano” (which in Spanish means “everyday”), a new exhibit by a dozen Hispanic photographers opening Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Español (1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami).
The traveling show was organized by eminent Spanish curator Claudi Carreras, who concentrated on corralling some of the strongest voices documenting the identity of the Latino community in the United States. On view is everything from scenes of New York City street life to portraits of fashionistas in Miami, along with a park ranger in Alaska and rodeo performers in Houston.
“The Latino community is a work in progress — updated with new data every minute — literature, music, soap operas, food, the Latino vote, their senators and congressmen,” explains Carreras, who adds that all of these elements combine to reflect a “referential image that works proactively, both nationally and internationally.”
May 23-Aug. 16, 8 p.m., 2013
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