Presented byUnited Photo Industries
Time: THURSDAY, Sept 12th | 7PM
Location: Smorgasburg Beer Garden
Join United Photo Industries (UPI) and the Photoville family as we celebrate our fantastic photo community! Presenting the latest work of many of our closest friends in the photo world including: the Magnum Foundation, For Freedoms, Bronx Documentary Center, Batsi’ Lab, Facing Change: Documenting America, and introducing UPI’s new project Community Heroes, and announcing the photographers for the national project We, Women.
Capping off the evening, UPI will present the forty photographers featured on the 8th edition of The FENCE, which is being exhibited in eight cities across North America this year. The winner for People’s Choice award for The FENCE will also be announced.
Magnum Foundation presents three documentary projects by grantees Juanita Escobar, Heba Khalifa, and the Nepal Picture Library. From the border of Colombia and Venezuela, the confines of home in Cairo, and the collective memory of Nepal, these projects center women’s voices and span a range of creative, performative, and impactful approaches.
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.
The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is a nonprofit gallery and educational space. Through exhibitions, screenings, and public programming, we show the work of internationally-renowned and emerging photographers and filmmakers who are dealing with the themes that guide the BDC: justice, education, community-building, and positive social change. We also provide free education programs for middle and high school students, as well as a professional education program for historically underrepresented, adult Bronx-based photographers. This program provides opportunities for professional development and skills training in photojournalism, filmmaking, and documentary photography.
Bats’i Lab fosters dialogue on social justice through the creation of visual narratives and documentary photography in southern Mexico, particularly Chiapas. Themes covered include: the history of land struggles and the trajectory of coffee production in Pueblo Nuevo, community loss and violence over territory in Aldama, Central American migration and displacement, as well as the response of receiving communities along Mexico’s southern border, a long-term documentation of the displacement of Mayan communities in Guatemala and Chiapas since the 1980s, narratives about the land of Zapotec farmers, Feminicide and the experience of absence, and the effects of the war of attrition on Mayan and Zapatista communities in Chiapas since the 1990s.
We provide analog and digital photography, and printing resources for projects, exhibits, and publications, as well as editorial, networking, and capacity-building opportunities. The name Bats’i Lab refers to the Tzeltal concept of authentic spirit, reflecting the importance of self–and collective–representation of the Mayan culture in the Chiapas Highlands, where we are based.
Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA), a nonprofit organization founded in 2009, illuminates critical issues facing our country, creating a documentary record used to engage and educate through public art exhibitions and events centered around documentary photography. Photographers across the country join together to collectively document this era of great change in contemporary America, and focus on a wide range of subjects and stories, reaching people from all backgrounds and life experiences.
Community Heroes is a community organizing and public art project celebrating the everyday heroes of our neighborhoods. With a focus on historic residents, we collaborate with local artists to celebrate individuals who have been a faithful, stable presence in strengthening and supporting their neighborhoods. We partner with overlooked communities, share beautiful stories already taking place within and build community among the old and new residents, encouraging ownership of the neighborhood.
We, Women is creating a nationwide platform to support women, transgender, and non-binary photographers who combine images and grassroots strategies to create empathy and social impact on critical issues across the United States, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Join the We, Women team on stage on Photoville’s opening night as they announce the artists and their projects, and discuss the next steps in this exciting new project.