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A view of Photoville 2016 from above (all photos © Kisha Bari, courtesy United Photo Industries)

When was the last time you saw a rich cluster of photography exhibitions in a pop-up village of shipping containers? If you were lucky, it was almost exactly a year ago at Photoville, which means it’s time for the newest edition of the annual photography festival.

This year, the event’s organizers, United Photo Industries, have brought together some 70 partners — from the International Center of Photography and the Bronx Documentary Center to the Magnum Foundation and the Pulitzer Center — to curate exhibitions in shipping containers beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. They include a project by photographer Nichole Sobecki documenting the impacts of climate change in Somalia, an exhibition of beach images by female photographers on the theme of body positivity, a series in which Syrian photographer Alaa Hassan attempts to convey the ubiquity of Bashar al-Assad’s image in Damascus, multiple projects about the global refugee crisis, and much, much more.

Alongside the container exhibitions, Photoville boasts a plentiful lineup of outdoor exhibitions, nighttime screenings, workshops, talks, and other programming — plus a bookstore run by Red Hook Editions. And, when you invariably run out of steam and need to recharge, the Smorgasburg market and Brooklyn Brewery beers await.

Crowds at Photoville 2016

When: September 13–24; opening reception Wednesday, September 13, 7–10pm
Where: Water Street at New Dock Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn

More info here.

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