For the First Friday Art Walk Make.Shift Gallery presents “Capturing Community on the Road: Photography by Marilyn Montufar.” Marilyn Montufar was born in Los Angeles, CA and received her B.F.A in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. She currently teaches photography to urban youth and is a program assistant for a teen art studio in Seattle, WA. Her work explores the transitions inherent in gentrification and human relationships through a practice of portraiture and an exploration of the evolving urban and natural landscape.
“Capturing Community on the Road” is an ongoing photo essay with an emphasis on sharing stories about individuals who are underrepresented in mainstream culture and the arts. The exhibit consists of photographs from 2016 when Montufar traveled and photographed in various cities in the U.S. and throughout the Mexican Border to Juarez, Mexico by car for two months. She photographed in the outskirts of major metropolitan cities, such as Compton in Los Angeles, California, to capture the lives and essences of underserved and underrepresented communities -like youth, women, and immigrants. This project was supported in part from a grant from Artists Up.