Get local news delivered straight to your phone

Support City Paper!

$
$
$

Your contribution is appreciated.

In the exhibit “Corazon Despierto” (“Awakened Heart”)—which features work from young Latin American photographers—there’s no question that the kids take center stage. Sure, the images of grunting and swaying soccer fans by Brazilian Edu Monteiro channel a bracing intensity, and Chilean Nicolas Wormull offers a nightmarish version of a William Klein–style Mercedes, this one notable for its dirt and bird droppings rather than its shiny curves. But the kids range from vibrantly clothed youngsters climbing over the skeleton of a rail car (Dominican Jorge Salvador) to a shirtless boy in moody black and white tiptoeing with abandon on the edge of a discarded tub (Chilean Hector Silva). The standout is Sandra Sebastian, who captures children in the most troubled settings: involved in gunplay (the toy kind, one hopes), in a garbage dump, and at a curbside with a prone, blanket-clad body in the background. We are left to wonder whether that’s really blood on the blanket—an especially unsettling accompaniment to the trio of kids’ warm smiles. THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW 11 A.M. TO 6 P.M. MONDAY TO FRIDAY TO FEB. 19 AT THE IDB CULTURAL CENTER, 1300 NEW YORK AVE. NW. FREE. (202) 623-1213.