“Past, Present & Future”: Photography Exhibition by Javier Soriano. Press release.

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Project Reach
39 Eldridge Street, 4th Floor
Chinatown, New York, 10002.

Press release (comunicado de prensa en Español)
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Art exhibition explores the “Past, Present & Future” through works by artist Javier Soriano.

A trans woman marching in the 2012 NYC Pride March. Her sign says, “Transgender rights are human rights”. © Javier Soriano
A trans woman marching in the 2012 NYC Pride March. Her sign says, “Transgender rights are human rights”.
© Javier Soriano

(November 27, 2014. New York City.) – Project Reach is proud to present the photography exhibition “Past, Present & Future”, by renowned artist Javier Soriano. On view from December 4th, 2014, through December 18th, 2014, at 39 Eldridge Street, 4th Floor. Chinatown, New York, 10002.

The opening reception is on Thursday, December 4th, 2014, from 6pm to 8pm and the closing reception is on Thursday, December 18th, 2014, from 6pm to 8pm. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This photography exhibition is to raise funds for Javier to return to Mexico after 20 years of living in NYC.

““Past, Present & Future” is about the past that I can not change, the present, the only thing that I have, and the future that I do not know yet,” says Javier.

He adds, “I am who I am because of my past, my thoughts and words right now are creating my present and future. I have the power to change. I let go the past and I welcome the present. Life is incredibly generous with me. I am so grateful!”

The exhibition, curated by Diego Medina, is the result of years of work by Javier and includes color and black-and-white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, and people.

Javier will also screen for the first time a trailer of his newest documentary, “Phoenix: My Life Through Poetry and Activism”. Phoenix Nastasha Russell is a Black trans woman living in NYC. The film will be release in 2015.

Transgender people face many issues, including discrimination to housing, medical care, jobs, and the general discrimination many trans people (especially people of color) face daily, not only from the general population, but from the government, too.

A national survey shows that approximately 9-in-10 (89%) Americans agree that transgender people deserve the same rights and protections as other Americans.[1]

Nearly every two days, a person is killed somewhere in the world for expressing gender nonconformity. This sobering statistic does not include numerous other deaths that never receive media attention or are not reported to police, making the full scope of lives lost to senseless anti-trans prejudice truly innumerable.[2]

About Javier Soriano
Javier Soriano is an indigenous man born in a small village of Puebla, Mexico. In 1996 Javier moved to New York. In 2001, he founded Mexicanos Unidos, a not-for-profit volunteer organization serving the Mexican and Latino/a community in New York City. In 2006, The New York Times published an article about his work. And as a result of his community work, Javier has received several awards.[3]

After twenty years of living in NYC, Javier would love to return home and visit the cemetery where his mother and father’s graves are. They both died of cancer while he was in NYC and he was sadly unable to attend their funeral.

Mexico has one of the largest and most diverse indigenous populations in Latin America. While Javier is in Mexico, he will visit different indigenous communities and document through photographs and video their daily life and culture. Some of the photographs and a short documentary will be exhibited in a gallery in NYC and on his website, www.JavierSoriano.com.

About Diego Medina
Diego was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Currently he lives and works in New York City.

Diego has expressed the following about his art practice: “By considering artwork a process of construction that parallels the process of life, I produce work that discusses themes of life, renewal, the city and its culture, the present time and the construction of cultures through history.

It is in a state of alert that one is always ready to create an immediate response to reality. The intention of my work is to share my interest in being conscious of the present time and space and to respond in a relevant way. My actions of transforming ordinary objects in a new and loaded form could be seen as an autobiographical statement expressing my personal experience of being a Mexican immigrant living in the US. This leads into a further hope and intention to transform relationships between people, communities, and spaces through art.”
www.DiegoMedina.net

About Project Reach
Project Reach is a youth and adult collaboration: a multiracial, multi-gender, grassroots, anti-discrimination, youth organizing center with a clear mission and commitment to challenging the destruction among, of, and between New York City’s disparate youth communities. Implicit in that mission is a vision that recognizes that the empowerment of disenfranchised youth communities is critical and integral to their participation as future leaders in the larger movement for social justice.
www.ProjectReachNYC.org

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1 – http://www.housingworks.org/advocate/detail/most-americans-support-transgender-legal-protections/
2 – http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/11/20/transgender-day-remembrance-those-weve-lost-2014
3 – http://www.JavierSoriano.com/blog/returning-home/

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