In The Gallery: Speaking to Silence

August 20, 2011 12:02 pm

The new FotoDC HQ debuted with a reception for the gallery’s current show, Speaking to Silence, on July 22 with over 900 visitors streaming through the space over the course of the evening.  The exhibit highlights humanitarian work from world-renowned photographers Marcus Bleasdale, Stephanie Sinclair and Platon, in a collaboration with the Pulizer Center for Crisis Reporting and Human Rights Watch.

Bleasdale, one of the world’s leading photographers, focuses on the repressed, exiled and often abandoned voices of civilians caught between warlords and armed rebel’s resource conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in his series Abandoned People/Abandoned Homes.  For over ten years, Bleasdale has worked to bring attention to the devastation the Rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has waged on the Congolese population since the mid-1980′s, using his photographs to influence global policy change.  This collection combines the evidence of life and community in ruin among lush landscapes and intimate portraits of those who abandoned their homes in search of refuge.

With a unique ability to access some of the most sensitive and human rights issues around the world, Sinclair, a regular contributor to National Geographic, explores the forbidden practice of child brides in the Middle East and Africa despite increasing international agreements to outlaw the tradition.  Her multimedia presentation Too Young to Wed, produced for the Pulitzer Center in association with National Geographic, is a call to action to protect the young girls forced into marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia.

Platon, a staff photographer for The New Yorker and regular contributor to Time and Rolling Stone, is known for his portraits of some of the world’s most famous people, including the photograph of Russian President Validmir Putin featured on the cover of Time‘s 2007 issue of “Person of the Year”.  In his first assignment with Human Rights Watch, Platon focuses on the heroic survivors and outspoken Burmese refugees living in Thailand.  His portrait series Exiled features exiled Burmese dissidents, like Ashin Issariya, who fled his country in late 2008 to escape arrest.

Stop by the gallery through the end of September to view all of the images within the Speaking to Silence collection.  The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m., or by appointment.

-Angela Kleis with contributions by Miisha Nash.

And, we’re off!

November 6, 2010 2:46 pm

Getting a late start this morning with today’s run-down of not-to-miss events, lectures and other happenings thanks to last night’s launch party. The folks down at FotoWeek HQ worked hard to throw a a kick-off party befitting the week-long celebration of photography and its collonaded and grand-staircased backdrop at the Corcoran Gallery. Seeing the extra-large award-winning prints up close and personal makes me want to head outside on this beautiful fall day and shoot my own photos (which I have neglected for too long), but not before I list a summary of the first day’s events. Let’s go:

@Satellite Central

  • 3:00pm discussion by Photographer Pete McBride on The Colorado River: Flowing Through conflict – The Making of a Book
  • FotoBook Exhibit with over 200 titles by leading art book publishers. Find your favorite or discover new inspiration!
  • All 6500 non-winning entries are on disply at our 2010 Thumbnail Gallery, including yours!
  • Projection Theatres – Four cinema-style theatres will offer simultaneous slideshow screenings of NightGallery highlights.
  • Pull an all-nighter tonight – NIGHTVISIONS – PORTRAITS IN THE NIGHT, 8:00 p.m. Sat – 5:30 a.m. Sun, $10, Register.
  • And, 27 other exhibitions up all week at 3333 M Street
  • @FotoWeek Central

  • At 2:30 p.m., attend NightGallery – Behind the Projections, by Curator lecturers: Jamie Wellford, Margaret Adams, Andy Adams. Larissa Leclair, and Kathy Moran in the Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium
  • @Galleries around the city

    See you out there!

    -Angela Kleis

Honfleur & Vivid Solutions FW Exhibits

October 13, 2010 9:42 pm

ARCH Development Corporation, or ADC, is working hard to make the Anacostia section of the District a vibrant arts center. Their two galleries, The Honfleur Gallery and The Vivid Solutions
Print Lab and The Gallery @ Vivid Solutions, plus a third rental venue, Blank Space SE, are helping to promote fine arts and community revitalization through collaboration with community groups.

“ARCH Development, through its various spaces will be presenting several exhibitions for DC Fotoweek, spearheading, in a sense, “Anacostia Fotoweek.” We believe that by providing several exhibitions and ancillary programming it will give visitors a reason to get to know Anacostia and walk around the neighborhood a bit. It will also create some great cultural experiences for area residents to attend right in their own backyard. Fotoweek is such a wonderful platform for ADC to do what it does best for Anacostia while still being a part of the greater DC Art scene. It’s an exciting time in Anacostia.” – Amy Cavanaugh Royce, Director/Vice President ADC

Beth Ferraro, The Creative Director for the Gallery at Vivid Solutions adds, “Fotoweek is an interesting time in DC – first comes the end of summer, fall, Fotoweek and winter. It is almost a new season in DC during that one busy week in November.”

The Honfleur Gallery is hosting Likeness, the brainchild of DC based photographer, Joshua Yospyn. The exhibition will include twenty artists: ten photographers + ten street artists with an end result of ten original portraits + ten interpretations of that portrait. In the final exhibit, the visual/street artists’ will present their interpretation of the original photograph. Visual/street artists and photographers are paired before any visual information is shared and will exhibit their works side by side. By presenting their interpretation alongside the original photographic work the viewer ends up with Likeness.

Artists include: (photographers) Bo Zhang, Chris Usher, David Holloway, Erica Allen, Jason Horowitz, Josh Yospyn, Lois Bielefeld, Joshua Cogan, Matt Dunn, & Michel Frankfurter.
(visual/street artists) Diabetik, Brandon Hill, Decoy, Asad Walker, Matthew Shlian, Lance Wiggs & Buck, Heather Stevens, Earnest Concepcion, Mike Estabrook, and Peter Chang.

Opening Reception, November 11th @ 6pm.
Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope RD. SE WDC 20020


In his solo exhibition Neither… Nor, Vietnamese born artist Khanh H. Le will present 14 large scale images using the multiple plate polymer photogravure etching technique at The Gallery at Vivid Solutions. Le will examine identity, through the bits and pieces of personal memory, the collective history from two cultures; Vietnam and the US.

Le explains, What happens to their (Vietnamese) identities and their contents once they become removed? I slowly placed them in contrast with the images I collected from Better Homes and Gardens, Detail (men’s fashion magazine), GQ (men’s fashion magazine), and Architectural Digest magazines I found at the grocery. I began to place figures from historical images and film throughout all of the living spaces that I have desired since childhood.

Opening reception November 12, 2010 @ 6pm followed by a performance from the contemporary classical group, The Analog Arts Ensemble at 8pm. The group will be performing works by Roussel and Francaix, as well as a world premier by Dolf Kämper.

The Gallery at Vivid Solutions is located at 2208 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE WDC 20020.

The performance is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and part of the Honfleur Galleries’ annual social arts initiative.

- Angela Kleis