Featuring: Caleb Alvarado, Danielle Amy, Saman Assefi, Gili Benita, Brittany Bravo, Rose Callahan, Nolwen Cifuentes, Anthony Cosme, Jacarrea Garraway, Maegan Gindi, Emanuel Hahn, Gabriela Hasbun, Yuri Hasegawa, Nitya Jain, Carlos Jaramillo, Jutharat ‘Poupay’ Pinyodoonyachet Mary Kang, Ayesha Kazim, Elinor Kry, Zach Larraz, Deb Leal, Pablo Lerma, Sophia Li, Victor Llorente, Amanda Lopez, Maria Louceiro, Allie Leepson + Jesse McClary, Estefany Molina, AnnAnn Puttithanasorn, Bicho Rivera, Kadar R. Small, Daniela Spector, Antonella Verdezoto, Aldi Victoria, Amanda Villarosa, Yasmin Yassin, Isabelle Zhao

Cafecito is a 1:1 meeting series for BIPOC and historically underrecognized Communities (HUC) creatives to have honest conversations.

What started as a journey to build community grew into an initiative that has hosted 100+ creatives over the past three years, providing programming, meet-ups, and resources. From portfolio reviews, creative direction, and marketing support to sharing feelings and creating a safe space, Cafecito became an opportunity to understand the challenges creatives face and the hopes that keep them moving forward today.

Fostering community allows us to grow and break barriers, making achieving less marginalization and more representation in the future easier. Cafecito creates takeaways, shares insights, and provides advice/consultancy on navigating the current state of the intersectional creative industry.

Cafecito: Building Community to Break Barriers celebrates various photographers’ work in a virtual call screen mock-up where we held our meet-ups. Each tile highlights images that participating photographers chose, accompanied by their name and QR code linking to their websites. The salon-style imagery on the container walls shares selected series from photographers’ whose stories highlight their community or communities that have deepened their sense of belonging through their lenses and human connection.

The exhibition also holds space for visitors to participate by sharing their thoughts, hopes, and ideas about what it means to be a creative.

While global human rights and social justice concerns seem insurmountable, our stories, though personal, often traverse borders and understanding.


  • Fresh Mercado

    Fresh Mercado

    Fresh Mercado is a Latine-owned studio delivering the goods in the photo, design, and creative industries that innovate through creative projects, identifying visual trends, providing strategic insights, and developing community resources in the ever-evolving creative space.

  • Photoville


    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

    By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

    Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.

    For more information about Photoville visit,

Cafecito: Building Community to Break Barriers


Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Nicole Motta

Presented by: Fresh Mercado and Photoville
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  • Photoville


ON VIEW AT: Container 2

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1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Special thanks to all the creatives, photographers, and supporters of Cafecito.

This website was made possible thanks to the generous support and partnership of Photowings