Photo exhibit honors Filipino frontline healthcare workers


BROOKLYN – A new photo exhibit in Brooklyn recognizes the selfless work of New York City healthcare workers.

The unique park of this display is that everyone photographed is Filipino.

The goal behind? An effort to fight Asian hatred.

Along the shore of the East River, in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, the poignant stories of New York’s heroes unfold.

Health heroes like Bronx nurse Jona Caparas, Brooklyn EMT Karen Shoker and Manhattan doctor Nicolo Firme see their emotional journey frozen in time with photos and described in their own words.

The photos shown in Brooklyn Bridge Park are part of the exhibition “Friends: Art for Humanity – Reflection from Filipino-American Frontline Healthcare Workers”.

The effect of their difficult experiences captured by the empathetic eye of Rosem Morton.

The 30-year-old documentary photographer really understands their struggle, as she too is a Filipino nurse.

Friends of the Philippines Society USA, a nonprofit group behind the exhibit, said nearly 32% of all registered nurses who have died from COVID-19 in the United States are of Filipino descent.

The organizers hope that by informing the public of their contributions, it will help end the violence against the Asian community.

The exhibition is part of a larger public art festival organized by Photoville NYC. The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with 75 exhibitions in the five arrondissements.

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