These Photoville Exhibitions Are Everything We Love About NYC
Over 60 outdoor photography exhibitions are on display across New York City this fall as part of the Photoville Festival. Traditionally staged in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the outdoor exhibition event sprawls across the boroughs for 2020 with additional programming online to avoid large crowds during the coronavirus pandemic.
As a printing sponsor of Photoville’s centerpiece exhibition, The Fence, since its inception in 2012, Duggal Visual Solutions has enjoyed a front row seat both to Photoville’s phenomenal success and engaging exhibitions. In 2020, we helped to produce three Abrons Arts Center x Photoville exhibitions that are in, on and of New York City all at once.
Can We Talk? is an autobiographical reflection on New York City, captured through photographer Gogy Esparza’s tender, fleeting encounters. Romanced by the transience of city life, he frames the poetic dynamics among signage, found objects, passerby, and their urban contexts. Privileging inner-city, East Coast, Latinx and Black lives and their rituals, Can We Talk? asks for a patient gaze so that one may reflect on the sentimentality, tragedy, and contradiction embedded in every day’s visual landscape.
Destiny Mata: “La Vida en Loisaida (Life on the Lower East Side)”
In response to the rapid gentrification of the Lower East Side, Destiny Mata began to use portraiture as a way to photograph her friends and neighbors, many of whom are residents of the Lillian Wald Houses where she grew up.
For Mata, NYCHA buildings like Lillian Wald are the heart and soul of New York City. The backdrops of her portraits often prominently feature the iconic brick exterior of the Lower East Side public housing developments. Taken between 2009 and 2020, La Vida en Loisaida (Life on the Lower East Side) amplifies the pride of longtime LES residents, in the wake of the neighborhood’s rapid and difficult changes.
Abrons Arts Center Visual Artist AIRspace – Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.
Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.’s photography is presented outdoors on the exterior of Abrons Arts Center. His photographic works visualize moments of contemplation, self-possession, and intimacy. The ambiguous nature of the photographs is in favor of an expansive, incoherent, and timeless regard for what is pictured. Similar to how experiences are layered in memory, he considers how a singular moment may be recontextualized to glean something comprehensive, new, or unplanned for.
See the full Photoville 2020 lineup and plan your outdoor NYC art crawl at www.photoville.com.