Brooklyn art-producing cooperative United Photo Industries was founded last year to connect shutterbugs from around the world, promote emerging photographers, and create site-specific installations in collaboration with local galleries, major institutions, and media outlets. Their latest endeavor, Photoville, is a perfect example. Slated to run from June 22 to July 1, they’ll build a pop-up display space of more than forty shipping containers (in Dekalb Market fashion), creating a temporary village at the core of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Each weekend, the free fest will offer a mix of exhibitions, lectures, interactive workshops, demos, and late-night projections. The nucleus of the venue will be a beer garden and picnic area, along with a photographic greenhouse installation.
A second component of the project is The Fence, a 1,000-foot-long public art installation running across the Brooklyn waterfront. Photographers of all levels are invited to submit images around the theme of “community” via the competition’s website, where viewers can vote for their favorites. A jury will select the winners from each category that will be printed on photographic mesh covering the fence. One grand prize winner will receive a feature in PDN Magazine and a two-week exhibition at the United Photo Industries Gallery in addition to a showcase on the barricade, which is expected to receive more than 300,000 visitors during its two-month display. Given the fierce lineup for the judging panel (which includes Saatchi Gallery director Rebecca Wilson, Guardian picture editor Kate Edwards, and New York Magazine photo editor Leonor Mamanna), the result should be spectacular.
The deadline for entries is May 9.