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Santa Monica Exhibit Chronicles Vanishing Westside Street Culture

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By Lookout News

February 20, 2020 -- The work of Westside photographers and a renown chronicler of LA's street culture will be showcased this weekend in a Santa Monica exhibit benefiting the Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC).

"Westside Stories: Life in the Four Corners" at the Bergamot Station Arts Center draws attention to the rapid gentrification displacing the culture chronicled in the exhibit, organizers said.

“There is a rich culture, in many cases hidden, on the Westside of Los Angeles that is being threatened with extinction and we want to celebrate the unique arts, people and culture of our community," said Charlie Chacon, director of West Los the Documentary.

The show -- which features more than 200 images -- is headlined by Estevan Oriol, whose striking images of urban and gang culture, as well as celebrities, have been featured in numerous magazines.

"I always try to give relevance to the stories of people who society attempts to criminalize," said Oriol, who is also a prolific director of music videos.

Oriol’s father, the photographer Eriberto Oriol, also will be exhibiting his work at the exhibit.

"I’m looking forward to exhibiting my work next to my father’s work as he is responsible for getting me my first camera," Estevan Oriel.

Also on exhibit are works by Merrick Morton, Arlo K, Josh “bagel” Klassman, Nick Bradley, Rod P. Bradley, Alex Castaneda, Paulo Freire Lopez, Carlos Cortez, Celena Cadena, Paco Araiza, Lou Eli Santana, Johnny Zepeda and Cindy Morales.

The exhibit at Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, takes place in Gallery B-1 on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Many of the images will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds on each sale supporting PYFC’s programming in digital art, film and photography for underserved youth.

The event will also feature music, classic cars, food and drinks.

Admission is $5 to support PYFC programs for youth. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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