Lucas Foglia, "Rory", 2004, Edition 2 of 12, c-print mounted on aluminum, 20 x 20”

Lucas Foglia, “Rory”, 2004, Edition 2 of 12, c-print mounted on aluminum, 20 x 20”

Lucas Foglia

Filling one square block in the Southside of Providence, Rhode Island, the Somerset Community Garden currently contains seventy two garden plots. The families who garden there are of African-American, European, Cambodian, Dominican, Hmong, Laotian or Liberian origin. On one level, these photographs document the practical function of the garden: to allow gardeners to produce food for their families and for sale to local markets. But the function of the garden is more complex: the garden fosters dialogue between cultures and enables its gardeners to retain their cultural traditions. The garden becomes a metaphor for the neighborhood and a window into the lives and cultures of the people that it serves.

Lucas Foglia was raised on a small family farm in Huntington, Long Island. A graduate of Brown University and a current MFA candidate at Yale School of Art, Foglia exhibits nationally. His photographs are included in permanent collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Fine Art, Newport Art Museum, Margulies Collection, Light Work, Center for Photography at Woodstock, David Winton Bell Gallery of Brown University, Starr Foundation, and Sprint Systems of Photography. Foglia has been an Artist-in-Residence at Light Work, and recent awards include the “Top 50 Photographers” chosen by Photolucida’s Critical Mass, “Photography Now” from the Center for Photography at Woodstock and Magenta Foundation’s “Flash Forward 2008.”