Zakiyyah Woods (CUNY)
This Brooklyn-born photographer has put dancers on stage from the 9th arrondissement of Paris to the square in front of the Vincennes city hall (above), west of the French capital. Whether a member of a Peruvian folk band or a Lion King cast member who arrived from Florida during the pandemic, they all share a common experience as foreigners in France, and all speak the universal language of dance.
Antoine Bertron (ENS Louis-Lumière)
For his project, Los extrañamos (“We miss them” in Spanish), the French artist set up his “camera-laboratory” in front of a Brooklyn church that cares for asylum seekers. In 15 minutes, two portraits were developed: Michelle kept one and sent the other, with a letter, to her loved ones in Colombia.
Hannah-Kathryn Valles (CUNY)
The New York-based photographer immersed herself in the world of a clothing collective in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. In this predominantly African neighborhood, shifting between creativity and tradition, she captured the tailors and their multicolored fabrics, the buzzing sewing machines, and “the precise business of needle and thread.”
Corinna Kranig (ENS Louis-Lumière)
The French artist stepped inside the private lives of New York City’s international students. For “a few weeks [or] several years,” they make their rooms into “temporary homes.” This is the story of people like Ana, who says that she left Georgia to make films, paint, and finally be able to “express myself freely.”
Christian Colón (CUNY)
Their names are Bebar, Jomad, Andrew, and Sun.G, and their colorful works adorn the walls of the French capital, like this staircase on Rue Rollin in the 5th arrondissement. The New York-based multimedia journalist met these “in.visible vandals,” often immigrants or descendants of immigrants, who express themselves through painting.
Rida Choubai (ENS Louis-Lumière)
What remains of Italian culture in New York City? How is the second or third generation maintaining its heritage? The photographer, who hails from Bologna in Northern Italy, visited the delis of the Bronx and Queens, as well as the renowned Caffe Roma (below) in Lower Manhattan, one of the city’s oldest bakeries and pastry shops.