Exhibition: April 16 – June 18, 2017
Gallery reception: Saturday, May 13, 4-6pm

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is pleased to present Yonkeros, a solo exhibition featuring Jaime Permuth. The striking black-and-white images weave a portrait of a community known as an inexpensive place to get your car fixed. This series aptly describes the place, its people and the many cars waiting to be stripped down for parts.

“Yonkeros,” the artist describes, is a popular term for businesses that strip wrecked cars and sell them as scrap metal or for parts.  The term is a Spanglish derivative of “junk”, conjugated grammatically to refer to people who engage in this line of work.

In Permuth’s words, “Yonkeros is a lyrical exploration of first world consumerism, waste, and obsolescence as they intersect with third world ingenuity and survivalist strategies in the no-man’s-land of Willets Point, Queens. When I first arrived in the area in the Spring of 2010, the mechanics were locked in a fierce legal battle with New York City to protect their livelihood. Unfortunately, it was ultimately the City which prevailed; the process of dismantling Willets Point to redevelop it as the newest iteration of New York’s Next Big Neighborhood has begun. Nonetheless, the spirit of Willets Point and its mechanics will continue to abide and endure in these photographs. I knew Willets Point as a vast inventory of parts, and like all catalogues it was also a poem.”


Jaime Permuth is a Guatemalan photographer living and working in New York City. He is a Smithsonian Museum Artist Fellow and was awarded an NFA Fellowship from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. In 2013, his first monograph Yonkeros was published by La Fabrica Editorial (Madrid) and was subsequently nominated for the Prix Pictet.

His photographs have been shown at several venues in New York City, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Queens Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He has also exhibited internationally at the Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno in Guatemala, Casa del Lago in Mexico City, and the Israeli Parliament.  Among others, his work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, Yeshiva University Museum, State University of New York New Paltz, Art Museum of the Americas in DC, Fullerton Art Museum in CA, Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale  in FL, and Fondazione Benetton. Jaime Permuth is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, where he teaches in the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography program. jaimepermuth.net

Yonkeros will be on view from Saturday, April 16, 2017, through Sunday, June 18, 2017. CPW galleries are free and open to the public Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm and by appointment. CPW is located at 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, New York 12498.


CPW invites groups and individuals to schedule tours and gallery talks.


To request high resolution images for press reproduction and interviews with the exhibition artists, contact CPW directly at (845) 679-9957

Image Credit: Jaime Permuth, Untitled (detail) from the Yonkeros series, pigmented inkjet print.