On Saturday December 10 at 6:30pm Queens based photographer Salvador
Espinoza opens his Queens Council on the Arts funded photography exhibit at QNS
Collective in Long Island City, titled “Q100: Photographing the city bus to Rikers.”
“Q100” was shot by Espinoza during 2016, the bus line that originates in his hometown
neighborhood of Long Island City. The Q100, which is operated by the MTA, is the only
method of public transportation to and from Riker’s Island. Beginning its route at Queens
Plaza, the 100 runs along 21st Street through the Queensbridge, Ravenswood & Astoria
neighborhoods before making its way across the so-called “Bridge of Pain” to the Perry
Center on Riker’s Island.


Riker’s Island situated across from the LaGuardia airport runways on the East River
between Hunts Point and Astoria has not been without controversy in its 84 year history.
Widely recognized as one of the worst jails in the country, it has been in the national
spotlight recently for its frequent instances of abuse and corruption.
Espinoza’s motivation to shoot the Q100 route was to show how incarceration just doesn’t
affect just the inmates but their loved ones on the outside. Most of these inmate’s loved
ones can be seen Thursdays through Sundays waiting to board the Q100.


Espinoza adds, “As I would walk past the lines waiting to board the bus, I’d wonder about
the mostly women and children who would start their journeys to visit their loved ones on
an island just across the east river that is not thought about much by the average New
Yorker.”


Joining in the night’s program is poet Miles Hodges , who runs the Spoken Word program
at Riker’s Island and is also an ambassador of the New York Public Library. New York based
DJ Miranda Maxwell will also be attendance providing the music for the show opening.
Exhibit runs until January 15, 2017. For more information or inquiries please email
Salvador Espinoza at slvdrespinoza@gmail.com.

 

2016 Queens Arts Fund Awardee