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Past Exhibitions: Staten Island

(In)Visible Guides

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park Hamilton Fish Park

(In)Visible Guides brings together photographer Destiny Mata and residents of a Lower East Side shelter for domestic violence survivors to explore notions of memory, safety, and loss.

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2023 ZEKE Award Winners

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

2023 ZEKE Award winners include visual stories on resistance against extractive industries in Ecuador, violence against women in Ethiopia, the Vatican apology to the Indigenous community in Canada, a thriving Queer community in Appalachia and others.

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A Love Letter To Barbados

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Photographic images that encapsulate the stories, the people and the powerful landscape of Barbados, the Southeastern island in the Caribbean sea.

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A Quality Of Light

Old Fulton Street and Prospect Street

A Quality Of Light – to channel Audre Lorde – “has direct bearing” on what the photograph brings forth into the world, and, in turn, on what the artist aspires to contribute to the complex image universe.

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All the Dreamers

Alice Austen House

All the Dreamers is a collection of candid portraits made on board the Staten Island Ferry between 2014 to 2022. Its images depict ferry riders in moments of repose and respite during an anxious time for the city, nation and world

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Amandla

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Karabo Mooki’s work follows unique narratives and authentic emotions in nature, with a focus on distinctive casting and under-represented faces.

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Another Perspective

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Another Perspective is a cross generational photo collaboration between three documentary photographers who all have direct experince with the criminal justice system.

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As Free As A Bird

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

As Free As A Bird is an ostensibly casual portrait of an invisible, closed community of mobile home dwellers in the Netherlands. A world in itself, containing free spirits not constrained by employment agreements or civic duties, with their own unwritten rules, taste and culture.

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Asian Photographers Share the Stories Behind Their Names

Bella Abzug Park

In the journey to feel at home in our Asian American or Pacific Islander identities, we may encounter different versions of ourselves. Through this collaboration, nine Asian photographers share the histories, meanings and stories behind our names.

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ASMP 2023 – Change: The Urban & Natural Landscape

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

The world is in a constant state of change, and we see it everywhere; from the smallest details in the biggest cities to the grand vistas of the wilderness. Join ASMP which also includes selections from members of NANPA as it displays a selection of works from its members that illuminate and reveal the changes happening all around us.

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Autistic Joy

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Autistic Joy aims to empower and activate change – encouraging families and communities to engage in conversations about acceptance and joy starting with how Neurodivergent children are treated, valued and seen. This is one Black Autistic Boy’s journey.

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Bearing Witness: Documenting War Crimes in Mariupol, Ukraine

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka photographed the siege of Mariupol from day one. They were the last journalists in the besieged city.

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Beloved: African-American Portraits from the Dawn of Photography

St. Nicholas Park – 132nd Street and 139th Street

The Schomburg Center shares images of the oldest photographs in their collection. Early photographs created space for black self-representation and offered a way to visualize Black humanity at a time when most African Americans were legally held as property.

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Blue

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Using the color blue, which for hundreds of years has been associated with melancholy and sadness – Heather Evans Smith’s series, Blue, explores the depression many women often feel during mid-life.

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Britain’s Stone Age Building Boom

Washington Street and Prospect Street

It’s not just Stonehenge: New discoveries reveal an era when awe-inspiring monuments were all the rage.

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Broken Promises: Navigating a World Under Taliban Rule

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Broken Promises offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan, and the devastating consequences of the rollback in their rights following the Taliban takeover in 2021.

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Calories of Power; Comida

Bella Abzug Park

Calories of Power documents the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers known by their community as Artists, Athletes, and Activists as they undertake a plant-based strategy to nourish communities in Manhattan & The Bronx with fresh fruit & vegetables.

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Children of Indigo

Old Fulton Street and Prospect Street

Indigo cultivation helped fuel American slavery. Today, women artists and homesteaders in South Carolina are writing a new chapter in indigo’s painful history.

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Citizen Power: Youth Perspectives on Care & Citizenship

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Working Assumptions is proud to partner with Citizen Film on American Creed: Citizen Power, a documentary initiative exploring American idealism and community leadership from a range of young adult perspectives. A selection of cast members are using our wrkxfmly assignment to tell visual stories about how they care for friends, families, home, communities, the land, and democracy itself.

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Clayton Patterson’s Front Door: Residents and Writers

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park

Clayton Patterson’s Front Door: Residents and Writers features rarely-seen images from the renowned photographer, who has documented the unique cultural ecosystem of the Lower East Side for over 40 years.

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Clayton Sisterhood Project

Roy Wilkins Park

Inspired by the longing for ancestral remembrance through the traditional family album, the Clayton Sisterhood Project explores contemporary kinship, and the continuing legacy built by the photographer’s sisters and nieces from Queens, NY moving onto Clayton, North Carolina land together.

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Dear Mr. Welles

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Dear Mr. Welles investigates the impact of the radio broadcast: ‘The War of the worlds’ by Orson Welles by visualizing letters written to Orson Welles the days after the broadcast was aired.

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Eros and Its Discontents

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Eros And Its Discontents (2016-2023) documents individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community in India. This series of staged performative portraits show individuals who do not wish to put themselves in boxes, and thus their stories spill out of the frames and enter our imaginations.

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Everyday Bronx

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Everyday Bronx is an exhibition based on the popular Instagram account, which celebrates the daily life and beauty of The Bronx.

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Faces of Us: Portraits and Personal Narratives

IN-Tech Academy MS/HS 368

Faces of Us: Photographic Portraits and Personal Narratives by students of IN-Tech Academy MS/HS 368, The Bronx, NYC

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Fandom Unbound

Van Cortland Park

Rhynna M. Santos’ mission is to use the art of photography to document Star Wars plus size and other diverse fans frequently overlooked from the view of mainstream fandom.

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Fanmi M, Men Yo!/My Family, There They Are

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Fanmi M, Men Yo! (“My Family, There They Are!”) is a series of abstract photographs of queer Haitians in history, culture, and the current reality. The work, created as a Lakou NOU 2022 artist-in-residence with Haiti Cultural Exchange, celebrates and acknowledges the fluidity of queer Haitians, honoring their ability to imagine and create kind futures for the queer community in New York, Haiti and around the world.

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Far From Home

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

After the fall of Kabul in August 2021, Afghan women are attempting to build new lives abroad. These are the stories of seven women’s journeys that took them around the globe.

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Four Decades: A Retrospective of the M.S. 51 Student Photography Program

William Alexander Middle School 51

Celebrating Middle School 51’s 40-year history of photographic education, students from M.S. 51 adjudicate a retrospective of darkroom and digital images created by students who have previously attended this renowned photography program in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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Freshkills

Alice Austen House

Jade Doskowʼs large-scale photographs of the iconic New York landfill-turned-park Freshkills make clear itsʼ paradoxical, ethereal beauty, while creating an important archive of a major chapter within the story of New York Cityʼs infrastructure.

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Greetings from Pandemic Island

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

A personal record of the pandemic experience on the island of Manhattan connecting the 1918-19 influenza and COVID-19 outbreaks. Spanning a century, this visual essay documents the crises by questioning issues of individual and collective responsibility but also highlights new and long existing racial and socioeconomic disparities catalyzed by the epidemic.

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Guns, Love, Children: America, Stay Woke.

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

I went to the NRA convention without a particular story in mind that I wanted to tell, but within minutes of being inside the Indian Convention Center I figured it out. I would mainly focus on the many children I saw. It was very interesting to witness their absorption and interactions with the enormous amount of weapons on display.

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Hidden Staten Island

South Beach Promenade

Nathan Kensinger’s work explores hidden urban landscapes, post-industrial ecologies, forgotten waterways, environmental contamination, and coastal communities endangered by sea level rise and climate change. His work encompasses photography, film, installation, curation and writing.

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Hip Hop at 50

The Seaport

A photographic journey through the golden age of hip-hop.

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Home on the Navajo Nation

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

This work focuses on the people of Sharon Chischilly’s home community, the Navajo Nation.

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How do you Read a Photograph?

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Photojournalists use cameras to record and relay newsworthy events to the public. Whether it’s at someone’s home, a public sidewalk, a state capitol, or a conflict zone, photojournalists encounter a range of situations for which they must immediately decide what to include and exclude in a photograph. Every photo offers a multitude of details that can be investigated with a close read. How often do you make the effort to not just look at a photo, but rather look into it, asking yourself, “What is this photo doing, and how is it doing it?” This exhibition provides tools and questions to better understand photographs by engaging in this type of close reading.

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ICP at THE POINT: Beauty in Being

Baretto Point Park

ICP at THE POINT: Beauty in Being is an exhibition of photographs by students from the International Center of Photography’s partnership with THE POINT CDC, which celebrates local voices honoring the people, places, and things that keep us uplifted in our everyday lives.

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Inside Out

Old Fulton Street and Prospect Street

Xi Chen’s Inside Out depicts the exterior and interior of important New York City buildings in a single image, aiming to reflect both the presence of the building in its urban landscape and the human purposes it serves.

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Le Grand Boubou (The Grand Dress)

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Celebrating Le Grand Boubou: A dress that reinvents itself for centuries

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Lisette

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Inspiring stories about sex workers who are willing to serve persons with disabilities.

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Losing Self

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Losing Self celebrates the work of seven Bob and Diane Fund grantees telling poignant and personal stories about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and the devastation it causes families, caregivers and those suffering from its tragic effects.

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Mirror with a Memory: NYU Tisch Photography and Imaging 40th Anniversary Exhibition

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

The Department of Photography & Imaging presents a survey of work from faculty and staff spanning four decades and encompassing the varied nature of contemporary photographic practice. Curated by Editha Mesina.

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Moments: Around the World

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

From bustling markets in Africa to crowded metro stations in Asia, the photographs capture the essence of each destination and the diverse cultures that make them so special.

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Mother Nature: A Love Letter

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

This is a love letter to our connection with the natural world, a way to realize we are not external to nature. Our place within it is filled with…moments.

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Nature Preserve

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Nature Preserve depicts an imagined paradise filled with beauty and abundance, creating a fantasy of what could be if humans choose not to destroy the Earth’s ecosystems.

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New Photography 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

New Photography 2023 explores the photographic work of seven artists, all at various stages in their careers, who are united by their critical use of photographic forms and their ties to the artistic scene in the port city of Lagos (Èkó), Nigeria.

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New York’s Swirling Kaleidoscope of Faiths

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

New York City is home to a diverse array of spiritual and religious communities. In 2022 New York Times staff photographer James Estrin spent months exploring some of them, documenting more than 30 places of worship throughout the city.

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NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism 2023

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

The National Press Photographers Association is proud to present a selection of winners across all photo, video, and digital divisions from the 2023 Best of Photojournalism competition.

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NYC Alphabets

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Inspired by artist Wendy Ewald’s American Alphabets series, students at Harvest Collegiate High School explored language, identity, and culture through cyanotype self-portraits connected to a specific word.

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NYC Undercover: Post-War Sound and Vision from NYPD Surveillance and WNYC Radio

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Surveillance films of individuals and events made by the NYPD in the 1960s and ’70s are matched with vintage audio excerpts from City-owned WNYC radio programs, creating unique and dynamic new content.

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Our Black Experience: Stories from Black Women Photographers

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Explore Black femininity through the lens of four Black Women photographers. We invite you into a black woman’s home while you view photographs of the Our Black Experience.

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Overpolicing Parents

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Each year, child protective services agencies inspect the homes of roughly 3.5 million children without a warrant. Only about 5% of these kids are ultimately found to have been physically or sexually abused.

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Photography Reimagined

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Photography can come in many shapes and forms (even more so in today’s digital age), and as an art form there is no right or wrong. We need to understand the context and background behind why a photographer creates the work they create.

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PICTURING BLACK GIRLHOOD: Black Utopia

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Now in its third iteration, Picturing Black Girlhood: Black Utopia how restages intimate Black girl narratives made through the reifying lens of Black women and genderqueer artists and the real-time experiences and perspectives of Black girls themselves while exploring the powerful connections between Black girlhood open space, and the natural world.

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Picturing Health: Highlights from the World Health Organization archives

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

On WHO’s 75th anniversary, this exhibition looks back at some of the highlights from our archives, with a focus on images and stories produced from the 1950s to the 1970s by some of our most prolific contributing photographers.

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Reflections on Harbour

Alice Austen House

The images that I make are drawn from my daily experiences and made in an intuitive and spontaneous manner. I am drawn to personal portraits, evocative gestures, and the small details in someone or something that I can use to make a visual statement on the world-at-large.

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Ruatoki

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

This decade-long documentary photographic project follows the lives of Ngāi Tūhoe man John Teepa and his family as they live on traditional indigenous land in the remote mountains of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: The Ongoing War

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

The New York Times photographers in and around Ukraine have chronicled the devastation and misery wrought by the biggest ground war in Europe since World War II.

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Sandunga Nunca Muere

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Affirmation of the third gender in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the redefinition of morality.

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South Korean Animal Cafes

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

What’s for sale at an animal café? Something very precious: Contact.

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Sowing Rice With Salt

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Sowing Rice with Salt explores the impact of immigration on intergenerational relationships, through diptychs of archival images of immigrant parents and recreations of their children with written reflections.

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Speaking Portraits

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Speaking Portraits elevate our experiences, reveal hidden truths, and inform the viewer about what is most meaningful to us.

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The Art of the Contortion

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Apart from the bodily characteristics of flexibility, strength and apparent double-jointedness, a contortionist requires years of dedication to extremes of discipline and training, often beginning in childhood, to acquire the fluid artistry needed to create a serpentine dance of the human body.

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The Black Cowboys of America

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

A photo documentary of the Black cowboy and cowgirl culture throughout America.

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The Crown and Glory Project

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

The Crown & Glory Project celebrates underrepresented young creatives in NYC, challenging them to create DIY crowns from unconventional and found materials, as well as create collaborative photo portraits wearing their crowns that capture their individuality and goals as future creative leaders.

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The Gay Space Agency

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

The Gay Space Agency confronts the American space program’s historical exclusion of openly queer astronauts, reimagining a history of the space program that celebrates queerness and highlights LGBTQIA+ role models.

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The Goldfish Project

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Rekha works long hours at a male dominated fish market under the scorching sun. Everything from her optimism to her colorful skirts set her apart. She works long hours and lives happily in a tiny slum. Despite what she has overcome in her life, she is resilient and cares for the others in her community. The goldfish signifies that you are called to help others, that change is always happening, and you must learn to go with the flow.

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The Guardian Warriors

Winter Garden Gallery, Brookfield Place

Reteti elephant sanctuary takes in orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim to release them back into the wild herds adjoining the Sanctuary.

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The New New Yorkers

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

The journey of Yenis Andrade, a young migrant woman from Venezuela, the birth of her new baby girl, and their first steps of her and her family rebuilding their lives with New York as their new home.

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The One Who Got Away

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

We all have a lost love, a forgotten friendship, a missed connection. This portrait series asks the question, “What would you say to the one who got away?”

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The Sea of Devotees

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

A peek into the kaleidoscope of festivals that paint the canvas of India.

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The Sound of Shadows

Alice Austen House

Gerard Franciosa (b.Queens, NY 1967) has been photographing for over 30 years. He is drawn to particular places, landscapes that reveal a personality and emit a force that excites him, scares him or gives him solace. His photographs index disturbances, both visual and perceived, caused by light, form and the geometry of chaos and stillness.

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This Land Is Your Land

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

This Land is Your Land is an assemblage of appropriated materials, photography, and artifacts that ask the viewer to consider their own associations with the National Parks. Viewers are asked to acknowledge land and race as it applies to the nostalgia, colonization and learned truths.

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Through Our Eyes: A Collective Portrait of Caracas

Travers Park

Through Our Eyes uses formal collaborative portraits and single documentary images made by young women participants of Project MiRA to tell the story of resilience, joy, and struggle in the barrios of Caracas, Venezuela – a country that has been hit by a years-long crisis.

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To Queens, With Love

Astoria Park

This exhibit is connected to Queens through history, tradition, and intimate stories and experiences; three lens based artists – Anthoula Lelekidis, Salvador Espinoza, and Julie Thompson – explore themes of personal history of diaspora and memory, the impacts of development and gentrification, and the unique culture of local communities.

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Traditions and Resistance

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

This collection of projects supported by the Pulitzer Center explores themes of cultural traditions and resistance, showcasing the resilience of communities around the world as they fight to preserve and revitalize traditions that sustain livelihoods and create hope for the next generation.

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Tributaries

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Tributaries is a group exhibition featuring the works of three lens-based artists and members of the School of Visual Arts Continuing Education community, residency participant Murat Kahya, SVACE student Nivia Hernandez, and SVACE faculty member Esteban Toro.

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Unsung Heroes of Public Health

Old Fulton Street and Prospect Street Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Unsung Heroes of Public Health aims to reframe and widen the historical narrative of public health, by spotlighting individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to public health milestones in New York City. For a city of 8 million, public health requires a multitude of approaches working together – community activism, research & innovation, information sharing and mentorship. These are stories of perseverance and dedication to shaping a healthier future for those to come.

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Up the mountain, to a world apart

Washington Street and Prospect Street

A flat-topped peak high above the Amazon rainforest gives researchers a chance to identify new species and unlock secrets of evolution. The biggest challenge: getting there.

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Urban Wildlife

Washington Street and Prospect Street

As lines have blurred between nature and city in the United States, we’ve created the perfect sanctuaries for urban carnivores. Here’s why.

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Waiting To Be Alive Again

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

A multimedia exhibit consisting of intimate audio interviews and poignant medium format film portraits exploring the unique collective loss experienced by local burlesque performers during the first winter of the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.

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War Toys: Children’s Stories of Survival and Loss

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

War Toys uses an art-therapy-based approach to safely collaborate with war-affected children and recreate their personal accounts through narrative photographs of locally sourced toys, placed and posed at the actual locations.

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Warmi Qwak

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Bolivia’s Lake Poopó is drying up, most of all impacting the Indigenous Uru community who have historically lived beside it.

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We Are Too Dull-Eyed to See That Beauty

South Beach Promenade

The images are part of a series of photographs that I have taken over the past two years at various beaches and state parks in Staten Island. Utilizing black and white, I was able to create wistful and romantic images that capture the essence of the environment, and the ambiguity that lies ahead.

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We Don’t Talk

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Marjolein Busstra followed the lives of minors entangled in complex networks of sexual violence. Can the old, unprocessed memory be overwritten and processed by going back to to the locations where they felt extremely unsafe, by the collaborative act of photographing?

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What We See

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

Excerpted images from What We See, Women Photograph’s first book: featuring the work of 100 members of our community and spanning 50 years of photographic history.

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