New York’s largest and most accessible photography exhibition is opening across the five boroughs this weekend, and starting with a day of events in Brooklyn Bridge Park to kick things off.
Photoville, now in its tenth year, will once again bring photography citywide between Sept. 18 and Dec. 1. To celebrate and showcase photographers and organizations from New York and around the world, and broaden the possibilities of art experienced beyond museum and gallery spaces.
Founded in 2011, the photography festival seeks to address cultural equity and inclusion by exhibiting artists who are diverse in gender, class, and race, and by activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments.
Falling amidst the global pandemic for a second year, Photoville focuses on exhibits exploring often intersecting social, cultural, political, and environmental currents — both global and hyper-local, organizers said in a statement.
One of the primary locations for the festival is Brooklyn’s own Brooklyn Bridge, where there will be more than 45 diverse photographic visions this year, and, for the first time, Photoville is holding a Community Day: Photo Festival Opening at the park this Saturday.
The day will include a family activity area, organized in partnership with the Stoop Stories, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Aperture; the Penumbra TinType Sessions, and Photoville 10th Anniversary partner Leica Camera; pop up music and dance performances by the Haiti Cultural Exchange; exhibition tours by featured artists; photo puzzles on the lawn; a professional development educator lab; photo workshops with Leica Camera and Adobe; a Smorgasburg pop-up; and an evening screening of “10 Under 10,” enlisting the New York Times, National Geographic, Pulitzer Center, and more to contribute under-10 minute multimedia programs.
Photoville co-founder Laura Roumanos said that for 10 years, the team had had the privilege of sharing stories of communities around the world, using the vast and dynamic platform of New York public space.
“Thousands of visual storytellers have challenged, informed and entertained audiences at Photoville across the last decade, and we are proud to be able to bring, to the New York community, the insight photography can offer during this troubling time.”
Eric Landau, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park, said this year’s show will again display amazing exhibits across Brooklyn Bridge Park and New York City and “provide an experience like no other.”
“Photoville is one of the greatest public photography shows and a signature event in the Park for the last decade – one not to be missed.”
Working with more than 75 curatorial and programming partners, Photoville will exhibit work by more than 300 visual artists. This year’s exhibitions include 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows, in which Ai Weiwei tells a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his own extraordinary life and the legacy of his father; Community Matriarchs of NYCHA, with digital platform My Projects Runway celebrating women residents of Lower East Side public housing who have contributed to transformative change in our neighborhood with portraits from Courtney Garvin and a video work by Christopher Currence; Diaspora on the Frontline, with Rosem Morton sharing the stories of Filipino nurses—a diaspora immensely affected by losses during the COVID-19 pandemic; and many more.
Photoville NYC is open to the public — all ages, and all pets included — free of charge. Brooklyn locations include: Brooklyn Bridge Park; Washington Street and Old Fulton Road; I.S 291 Schoolyard; Prospect Park; Commodore Barry Park; Fort Greene Park; St. Andrew’s Playground; Avenue C Plaza.
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