Photoville, the pop-up photo destination like no other, kicks off this week and there is no shortage of things to do and see—we’re talking 47 exhibitions and installations, 51 talks and workshops, and 7 nighttime events. Now in its second year and brought to you by United Photo Industries, Photoville opens its gates this Thursday, September 19 and runs through Sunday, September 29. We decided to compile a list of our top 15 exhibitions, panels, and events at this year’s festival.
EXHIBITION: Fruitland, September 19-29.
Curated by Feature Shoot’s Alison Zavos.
Fruitland is a collection of strange still life photographs of fruit by 20 international photographers. Much like picking the perfect piece of ripe, delicious looking fruit from a tree, Zavos has spent the last year searching hundreds of photographers’ websites for the freshest and strangest takes on nature’s bounty. Perhaps as a response or antidote to the labored and moody Dutch still life-inspired fruit photography that has been proliferating in galleries over the past decade, young photographers are now challenging themselves to take a regular piece of fruit and make it special, adding an array of strange, unique twists.
EVENING PRESENTATION: Adventures Across the Seven Seas, Opening Night, Thursday, September 19, 7pm, Photoville BeerGarden.
Curated by Feature Shoot Contributing Editor Amanda Gorence and Sam Barzilay / Commissioned by Southampton Center.
Adventures Across the Seven Seas is a curated multimedia presentation of diverse photographic images from more than 35 photographers from around the world exploring humanity’s deep relationship to water—traveling a world connected, dominated, and defined by water.
EXHIBITION: SLIDELUCK XVII at Photoville 2013, Saturday, September 28, Photoville BeerGarden.
Curated by Kira Pollack / Presented by Slideluck.
Slideluck is a non-profit arts organization that provides an opportunity for artists and arts-appreciators to gather around food, friends, and artwork for an unforgettable night. The 17th global mainstage show in NYC will exclusively focus on multimedia work and will be curated by Kira Pollack, Director of Photography for TIME Magazine. Guests are encouraged to bring a home-cooked dish to share and additional consumables will be available through on-site food trucks and the Brooklyn Brewery bar.
EXHIBITION: 501 Photographs, Nick Zinner, September 19-29.
Curated by Sam Barzilay / Presented by United Photo Industries.
501 Photographs is a collection of work by Nick Zinner, guitar player for the three-time Grammy-nominated rockband Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Born with a mild binocular vision disorder, Zinner says he has no depth perception and sees the world mostly flat, much like a photograph—a detail he says is not important. What is on the other hand is, “that somewhere along the way I formed a rock band with my friends, and found myself in a different city every other day, which made me want to look around even more. Everywhere I am I see tiny moments of a time and of a place that will never be repeated, like film stills from a very, very long film. I take photos of everything because I don’t want to miss anything.”
EXHIBITION: Metropolis, Martin Roemers, September 19-29.
Presented by Anastasia Photo.
Metropolis documents the process of urbanization by focusing on the world’s megacities—places with a population of more than ten million people. Exploring crowded and chaotic cities since 2009, Roemers seeks to reveal the humanity and sense of interconnectedness that exists among urban dwellers across the world. Don’t miss Roemers’ ARTIST TALK in conversation with James Wellford where he will discuss the work, how Metropolis started and how it continues to evolve. Saturday, September 28, 12:30-1:30pm in the Photoville Talk Area, the storefront of One Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman St.
EXHIBITION: Photo Requests from Solitary, September 19-29.
Presented by Laurie Jo Reynolds, Tamms Year Ten, Jeanine Oleson, Parsons The New School for Design, and Jean Casella, Solitary Watch.
Photo Requests from Solitary is a unique collaboration—men in solitary confinement at Tamms supermax prison in Illinois were asked to request a photograph of anything in the world, real or imagined, and Tamms Year Ten found photographers to fulfill their requests and make the images. Alongside the photographs will be the unfilled requests from the next phase of the project in New York and California, where thousands of men, women, and children live in extreme isolation and sensory deprivation in state prisons and local jails.
Presented by Tamms Year Ten, Solitary Watch, the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, and Parsons The New School for Design, with support from the Open Society Foundations
A PANEL DISCUSSION with activists, journalists, and survivors of solitary confinement will explore the power of photography to humanize one of the most marginalized groups of people in society. Sunday, September 22, 4:40-6:10pm in the Photoville Talk Area, the storefront of One Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman St.
EVENING PRESENTATION: INSTITUTE Tells Stories, Friday, September 27, 7pm, Photoville BeerGarden.
Curated by Frank Evers.
INSTITUTE Tells Stories is an evening projection introducing the latest bodies of work by Elinor Carucci (Mother), Wayne Lawrence (Orchard Beach), and Paolo Woods (STATE), presented by the artists themselves. INSTITUTE is a leading visual storytelling company, working with many of the best documentary and fine artists in the world. Also be sure to catch Wayne Lawrence’s ARTIST TALK in conversation with independent curator Elisabeth Biondi about his new book, ‘Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera’ Saturday, September 21, 1:30-2:20pm in the Photoville Talk Area, the storefront of One Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman St.
EXHIBITION: Project Amelia, September 19-22.
Curated by Amelia Coffaro and Elizabeth Griffin / Presented by Project Amelia
Project Amelia is an all-volunteer effort organized by friends and family of 28-year-old freelance photographer, Amelia Coffaro. Amelia was diagnosed in February 2013 with Stage 3b Inflammatory Breast Cancer. At the time, Amelia, like many young professionals, was uninsured. The exhibition features work by both Amelia and Elizabeth Griffin, co-founder of Project Amelia, of which she says, “With these photographs, it is my hope to demystify, if only slightly, the fears, misunderstandings and ill-associations surrounding disease. Because even in my darkest hours, I am not fighting a battle or trying to win a war. I am simply living moment to moment with cancer.”
UPI has invited the team from Project Amelia to exhibit Amelia’s and Elizabeth Griffin’s work at Photoville from September 19-22 and at the DUMBO Arts Festival on Main Street on September 29 to help raise much needed funds for Amelia.
PANEL: Documenting Communities Impacted by Gun Violence, 3:40- 4:40pm Saturday September 21, the Photoville Talk Area, the storefront of One Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman St.
Featuring photographers Justin Maxon and Alex Welsh with Dr. Fatima Hafiz-Walid, Temple University professor and President and Facilitator of Transformative Education Associates; and Andre Mitchell, Founder and CEO of Man Up! Inc. / Presented by The Magnum Foundation.
Highlighting the experiences of photographers and activists working in communities affected by gun violence, this panel discussion will focus on issues of access, process, and protection for photographers. Be sure to catch MF’s coinciding installation Heaven’s Gain: Recent work by Justin Maxon.
PANEL: Family Matters – Photography in Close Relation, Saturday, September 21, 6:00-7:00pm, the Photoville Talk Area, the storefront of One Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman St.
Presented by Daylight Books.
Daylight’s Fall 2013 books all riff on the idea of family. Sarah Christianson, Henry Jacobson, Sara Macel and Katie Murray discuss the pleasures and difficulties of depicting ones close relations. Moderated by Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff. Following the panel, be sure to check out the Daylight 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, a screening of highlights from Daylight’s multimedia program, at 7pm in the Photoville BeerGarden.
SEMINAR: Luminance: A Photographer’s Guide to Navigating the Art World, Thursday, September 26, 3:00-3:45pm, the Photoville Talk Area, the storefront of One Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman St.
Presented by Photoshelter.
Featuring Sarah Hasted (Hasted Kraeutler Gallery), Sasha Wolf (Sasha Wolf Gallery), Daniel Aycock (Front Room Gallery and publisher of WagMag) and Rafael Fuchs (Fuchs Projects), this panel will shed light on how to not only break into the art world, but also how to maintain these relationships to build an art audience for your photography.
ARTIST TALK: Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, Saturday, September 28, 4:00 – 5:00pm, the Photoville Talk Area, the storefront of One Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman St.
Presented by FotoVisura.
In conversation with Donna Ferrato, Sara Naomí Lewkowicz will discuss her work about Shane and Maggie, whom she began photographing last year with the intention to document the difficulties Shane faced as a convicted felon trying to rebuild his life. One night mounting tensions between the couple exploded into violence, which Sara documented. Sara will walk the audience through the events of the evening and her experience that transitioned her life and career from a student to a photojournalist and advocate against domestic abuse.
EXHIBITION: CCNY Darkroom Residency Program 2013, September 19-29.
Presented by Camera Club of New York (CCNY).
CCNY presents the work of four NYC emerging photographers chosen for its 2013 Darkroom Residency Program: Pierre Le Hors, Lijun “Pixy” Liao, Francesco Palombi, and Brea Souders. Each artist will have a solo show in CCNY’s gallery in the coming year. Selected by a jury, they were chosen to do workspace residencies, based on their exceptional work.
EVENING PRESENTATION: Question Bridge: Black Males, Thursday, September 26, 7pm, Photoville BeerGarden.
Curated by Bayeté Ross Smith / Presented by Question Bridge.
Question Bridge: Black Males opens a window onto the complex and often unspoken dialogue among Black men, creating an intimate and essentially genuine experience for viewers and subjects. This project brings the full spectrum of what it means to be “black” and “male” in America to the forefront. “Blackness” ceases to be a simple, monochromatic concept.
EXHIBITION: Rebels, September 19-29.
Curated by Luxlab and Carl Saytor / Presented by Luxlab.
Rebels is a group show focusing on images that describe the essence of anyone who has refused to conform to society and retains their individualism, or goes against the tide artistically, socially or politically. Ultimately Rebels become the leaders, the examples, and the engines for change. The exceptional new talent of contemporary photographers defy the traditional working relationship with print labs and Luxlab embraces these forward thinking photographers.