The SizzleArts team were in attendance at the Photoville, a free photography festival, at Brooklyn Bridge Park over the simmer 2023.
The festival, returning for its 12th year, started on June 3 with over 80 exhibits across the five boroughs. Attendees can expect to see the iconic shipping containers displaying hundreds of images, as well as free open-air exhibitions and interactive workshops.
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“This year, we’re thrilled to present a version of the festival that unites its past and present: bringing the storage containers back to Brooklyn Bridge Park and turning them, once again, into temporary sites of urgent, lively, and inspiring photography, as well as featuring exhibitions in all five boroughs,” said Photoville co-founder Sam Barzilay.
Opening weekend featured public events with artist appearances, plus food and beverage vendors from Smorgasburg.
Picturing Black Girlhood. Work by Azariah Baker, Latoya Beecham, Nydia Blas, Jada Bovia, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Savannah Flowers, Zainab Floyd, Deborah Jack, Zoraida Lopez-Diago, Mariatu Mansaray, Stevia Ndoe, Paloma Osborne, Jada Rodriguez, Brianna Sanders, and Scheherazade Tillet. By bringing together iconic image makers, emerging artists, and young photographers, this series restages very intimate Black girl coming-of-age narratives made in the reifying lens of Black women and genderqueer artists, and the real-time experiences and perspectives of Black girls themselves. In Brooklyn Bridge Park. Curated by Scheherazade Tillet and Zoraida Lopez. Presented by Photoville and Picturing Black Girlhood. Printed by Epson. Photo credit: Nydia Blas / Picturing Black Girlhood / Photoville
Autistic Joy. Work by Jen White-Johnson. This photo series and exhibition 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. In Brooklyn Bridge Park. Presented by Photoville. Photo credit: Jen White-Johnson / Photoville
Nature Preserve. Work by Alison Carey. The photographs in Nature Preserve depict 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. In Brooklyn Bridge Park. Presented by Photoville. Photo credit: Alison Carey / Photoville
Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.
In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.
By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.
Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.
For more information about Photoville visit, www.photoville.com