Liana Lopez, our own freelance writer and photographer, was speeding down a road in Nicaragua when she shot the photograph Road House. Bouncing in the back of an SUV going from Mulukuku to Managua, she was taking photos out an open car window when she snapped the image of one of the many colorful, but broken-down, shacks she saw lining the road. The photograph is one of many that make up the FotoFest exhibit "Documenting Contemporary Social Justice Movements: Protests and Testimony from the Edges of Society." The exhibit features the work of nine Houston photographers, journalists, activists and artists who captured images of inequality and intolerance during their personal travels.
Bryan Parras's Cesar Chavez High shows a school football team playing on a field while factories and refineries belch black smoke and toxic fumes in the background. Another of his images, Cancer for Clunkers, shows a wall of crushed cars stacked high, waiting to be taken down the Ship Channel to destinations unknown. An American flag flies on a pole in the center of the scene and is almost overshadowed by the confusion of color behind it. Thomas Gandy, Rolando Gonzales and Claudia Peña, among others, complete the lineup. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Through May 6. Bohemeo's, 708 Telephone Road. For information, call 713-923-4277 or visit www.bohemeos.com. Free.
April 6-May 3, 2010