Press Release Date: 04/09/2007
Heriberto Sanchez Soto, Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hispanic AIDS Forum, the city’s oldest and largest Latino-run organization, launched a juried photography competition called “Amores Libres (Free Love),” to visually document the diverse expressions of love among Latina/o lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people. We are looking for compelling photography that celebrate our queer relationships and showcase the diversity of our people, i.e. race, nationality, age, gender, gender-expression, etc. Ten photos will be selected for the Amores Libres Artshow at Galería. Galería is located at the Hispanic AIDS Forum in Midtown Manhattan. A show catalogue will also be published.
Heriberto Sanchez-Soto, HAF’s Executive Director, said that throughout HAF’s twenty-year history in New York City, local Latino artists have always contributed their talents to support the organization. For example, ten years ago HAF organized a similar initiative called “SIDA Gráfico,” which brought together painters, illustrators, graphic designers, and other artists from wide ranging backgrounds to create colorful, inventive art to encourage dialogue among Latinos on the impact of HIV. Last year HAF hosted “Estampas de Vida”, a juried art competition for graphic artists, celebrating community, health, self-respect and self-esteem among Latinos. The winning work is currently in exhibition at HAF’s Galería.
Amores Libres will target all areas of the Latino LGBT relationships. The photography submitted must be representative of the diversity found in Latino/a gay youth, Latina transgender women, Latino gay men.
A total of 10 winners will be selected and a widely promoted art show featuring the winning work will be opened on June 1st, 2007 at HAF’s Galería. Winners will be notified via email and via HAF’s web site. Each winner will receive $100 to cover costs of printing their image in full size. A digital gallery for the winning pieces will be created at HAF’s website. Winning entries will be promoted through printed and electronic media and a promotional catalogue. Artists will be credited for their work whenever the image is used.