In Los Angeles, street vending food is at the center of political marginalization, while also bridging together lives, as told through its vendors and the food that attracts the hungry into these small pockets of smoke-filled street corners and alleyways.
My name is Pablo Unzueta, born on July 22, 1994 in Van Nuys, California. I have been fortunate enough to be immersed in the perspectives of my father and grandmother’s visual work.
My father, Luis Hidalgo, is an Associated Press photographer based in Santiago, Chile, who has focused on the impact and aftermath of dictatorship. My grandmother, Amanda Unzueta worked tirelessly in documenting Latino minorities in her own North Los Angeles, California neighborhood.
Through their photography and storytelling, I have been able to experience life in two very distinct parts of the world.
In my photography I focus mainly on long-term projects that center around social issues such as economic inequality, xenophobia, addiction, injustice, and daily life. I believe photography can honor people’s stories despite their difficult circumstances.
I’m currently based in Los Angeles, California and will receive my Associate in Arts degree in journalism and sociology from Mt. San Antonio College. I will continue my studies and transfer to a university and work towards my bachelor’s degree.
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, www.photoville.com