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EN FOCO/IN FOCUS features photographs from artists who have been involved with the En Foco non-profit including Young Woman Waiting for the Bus (above), a 1985 image by Dawoud Bey.

EN FOCO/IN FOCUS features photographs from artists who have been involved with the En Foco non-profit including Young Woman Waiting for the Bus (above), a 1985 image by Dawoud Bey.

The Venice Arts Gallery will present En Foco/In Focus: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection, an official exhibition of Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), beginning Friday, April 5 through May 5.
The opening reception event will begin with a gallery talk with exhibit executive director Miriam Romais at 6:30 p.m. April 5, followed by the reception from 7 to 10 p.m.
En Foco/In Focus is a national traveling exhibit, which highlights an array of photographs from 56 of the hundreds of artists who have been affiliated with the New York-based non-profit En Foco over the past four decades.
“Venice Arts Gallery is particularly excited to host this exhibition because En Foco’s dedication to promoting cultural diversity in the field of photography closely mirrors our own mission to foster opportunities for underrepresented communities to create and share stories through photography, film, and multi-media,” said Elysa Voshell, the gallery and public programs manager. “This is the exhibition’s only Los Angeles stop on its national tour.”
Since its founding in 1974, En Foco has been dedicated to promoting cultural diversity in the field of photography. It has nurtured and supported photographers of diverse cultures, beginning with Latinos in New York, the focus of its initial efforts in the 1970s, and has broadened its mission to embrace photographers of African, Asian and Native American heritage across the U.S., said Voshell.
En Foco has become recognized in the field of photography for its publications, annual New Works fellowship program, workshops, and exhibitions. The organization’s collection of photographs by members is now comprised of nearly 700 prints dating largely from the 1970s to the present day, encompassing not only a plurality of voices but also subject matter, photographic approaches, and points of view, according to Voshell.
Admission to the gallery talk and opening reception is free.
Venice Arts Gallery is at 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.
Information, (310) 392-0846, or www.venicearts.org.