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OPENING NIGHT: FOR FREEDOMS TOWN HALL featuring the Resistance Revival Chorus

Featuring: For Freedoms, Resistance Revival Chorus

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

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Presented by:

  • United Photo Industries (UPI)
  • For Freedoms

United Photo Industries will be teaming up with For Freedoms, a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists co-founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman in 2016. On the inaugural week of their 50 State Initiative, the For Freedoms team will present a Town Hall event for Photoville’s opening night to highlight a freedom which is close to all of our hearts—Freedom of Speech. As forums for inclusive public conversation and civic dialogue, For Freedoms Town Halls bring citizens together with contemporary artists, designers, and policy makers, welcoming many and diverse points of views. With special guests and performances, this evening will bring together the visual storytelling and artistic communities to ask how, both now and in the past, artists’ right to freedom of speech has been alternately infringed, upheld, and empowered. What is the importance and the power of creating art as a speech act?

The evening will also include a special performance by the Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective of more than 50 women who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices.

Following the For Freedom Town Hall, please join us for a screening of THE FENCE 2018 and the announcement of the People’s Choice winner.

THE FENCE is an annual call for entries to produce an outdoor photography exhibition in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Boston, Atlanta, Santa Fe, Durham, Sarasota, Denver & Calgary.

THE FENCE 2018 features a diverse roster of 42 photographers hailing from around the globe. They share stories across seven thematic categories — Streets, People, Home, Play, Nature, Food, Creatures — which we hope you’ll find compelling, comedic, and convicting.

Additionally, we create an annex series of Regional Photographers Showcases which feature local photographers and reflect the talent found in each region. This year, we are pleased to present showcases of photographers from New England, New Mexico, Colorado, Calgary, Sarasota and The Triangle of North Carolina.

THE FENCE 2018 has truly been a community endeavor. We’re grateful to all the photographers who shared their work through our submission call, to our dedicated jury members who contributed their time and expertise, and to our wonderful partners in each of our host cities for helping us share this work to an ever-growing audience.

Launched in Summer 2017 in response to the Trump presidency, the Resistance Revival Chorus (RRC) is a collective of more than 60 women who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices. The women range from Broadway performers, touring musicians, film and television actresses, solo recording artists, gospel singers, political activists and are led by Broadway singer and educator Abena Koomson-Davis. Representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds, and activist causes, the RRC prides itself on its diversity. The great artist and activist Harry Belafonte once said, “when the music is strong, the movement is strong.” In that spirit, the RRC hosts a series of regular musical events, Resistance Revival Nights, where the community gathers to rejuvenate our spirits and honor the protest songs that have historically been central to civil rights movements. We believe that art and culture are essential to changing hearts, minds, and history; and we commit to the principle that joy is in itself an act of resistance.


  • United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.

    Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.

  • For Freedoms

    For Freedoms

    We believe citizenship is defined by participation, not by ideology. Through non-partisan nationwide programming, we use art as as vehicle for participation to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values. We are a hub for artists, arts institutions, and citizens who want to be more engaged in public life.

    Founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms is a platform for creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms’ exhibitions, installations, and public programs use art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values, and to advocate for equality, dialogue, and civic participation. As a nexus between art, politics, commerce, and education, For Freedoms aims to inject anti-partisan, critical thinking that fine art requires into the political landscape through programming, exhibitions, and public artworks. In 2018, For Freedoms launched the 50 State Initiative: the largest creative collaboration in U.S. history.

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