Photograph by Zoe Perry-Wood from Hanging in the Balance: Portraits from the BAGLY Prom. This photo is currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as part of "(un)expected families".
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Hanging in the Balance: Portraits from the Bagly Prom
These images are the result of a ten-year project photographing the Boston Alliance of Gay & Lesbian Youth (BAGLY) Prom. BAGLY provides a safe haven for youth who are often, even in these progressive times, outsiders in their own youth culture and who may not yet have a foothold in adult gay culture. The images in this body of work reveal the delicate balance between youth vulnerability versus defensive self-protection as these youth grow up facing intolerance of their developing identities.
Zoe Perry-Wood is a fine art and social documentary photographer. She holds a BFA in photography from MassArt. She is a recipient of both national and international awards for her portrait photography. Zoe Perry-Wood’s work is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as well as numerous private collections. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Gallery Kayafas, The National Portrait Gallery in London for the Taylor Wesson Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition, The Kinsey Institute Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University, The Photographic Resource Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Danforth Museum, Fitchburg Art Museum, The Griffin Museum as well as galleries in New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Tulsa, Seattle, Denver and Provincetown. She has been the recipient of several awards including Artist of the Year three years running and Best in Show for the National Prize Show at the Cambridge Art Association. One of her portraits is currently exhibited at MFA Boston in (un)expected families through June 2018. Her works are available through Gallery Kayafas, Boston.
First Generation: I am a Daughter of Latino Immigrants
In First Generation, I share my family’s life as immigrants in the US. I share with you our daily struggles and the pressure we feel as first generation Americans to be successful and help our family survive. Everyday we witness how our family continues to fight for the completion of their American Dream. My community is living in fear but the power of a dream, the pursuit of a safer life and the loyalty we all have for each other is what continues to push us ahead, especially during these very difficult times.
Iaritza Menjivar is a documentary photographer and Associate Director at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. Her project, First Generation, was published in the New York Times Lensblog. She has received a St. Botolph Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and has recently been awarded a full scholarship for a three- year Advanced Mentored Study Program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado as a mentee to Ed Kashi from VII Photo Agency and James Estrin from the New York Times. Iaritza has been a teaching assistant and co-instructor for Stella Johnson’s photography workshop Documenting Village Life in Oaxaca, Mexico for Lesley University and Maine Media Workshops. Recently, Iaritza has exhibited in various group shows, including Crossing Borders at the Parker Gallery, Cambridge, MA and the Emerge-Cubes at Photoville in New York City.