Fotoweek DC 2016

Celebrate Fotoweek with Hillyer!

We’re celebrating Fotoweek with a month of photo-based exhibitions & programs featuring First Friday openings, a panel discussion, artist talks and a workshop!


FIRST FRIDAY / November 4, 6-9pm; $8 Suggested Donation
Opening Receptions & Gallery Walk
Hillyer kicks off Fotoweek with with the opening of three new exhibitions during Dupont Circle’s First Friday Gallery Walk. Guests can meet the artists and curator.


EXHIBITION / November 4 – December 18, 2016
Challenging Adversity: Ibero-America Copes with Climate Change
In partnership with the Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association (AACIA), this exhibition examines how populations of Ibero-American countries have managed to face the vicissitudes caused by climate change through small ventures with more or less technological influence. The ability to use imagination, creativity, and hope for a better world, has allowed the emergence of sustainable economies projects that open new paths and alternatives on today’s world. This exhibition aims to gather images of these projects and enterprises that have emerged as a means of survival, challenging climate change. Not only does it focus on the aesthetic aspects of photography itself, but it also aims to give testimony to the commitment of these countries throughout its changes.

AACIA’s mission is to promote, disseminate, and preserve the heritage, culture, and art of Ibero-America in the Washington D.C. area, while working actively to build bridges between Latin America, Portugal, Spain, and the United States.


EXHIBITION /  November 4 – December 18, 2016
Paola Parades - Unveiled
On March 16, 2014, in a three-hour conversation, Paola Paredes told her parents “I’m gay.” Parades documented the event in the experimental photography project Unveiled. At 28, the possibility of rejection by her conservative Catholic, Ecuadorian parents, was one of many potential risks. To document natural reactions, she needed to desensitize them to the cameras. Parades photographed them doing every day tasks – cooking, brushing their teeth, shaving, smoking, and watching soap operas. The preparation for the project, surprisingly, plays an integral role in the actual project: coming out to her family at a dinner table, with three cameras, each shooting every five seconds. The finished product provides the viewer a series of images, each telling a different story of the family they portray, the way those members interact, and ultimately, a photographer Unveiled.


EXHIBITION /  November 4 – December 18, 2016
FORMAT, juried by Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah
FORMAT is an exhibition featuring small, photo-based works, juried by Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah. The exhibition features artists living across the United States, showing how diverse the medium of photography really is, and how many different ways the photographer can not only interact with its subject, but also its future audience. A photographer experiments with what to place within the frame or not; what type of light, film, camera, paper and even what size they believes will portray the story within the photograph best.

Born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised in the DC-area, Jadallah has lived, worked, and exhibited her photographs in Paris, Washington, and the Middle-East. Laila completed a B.A in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Arts & Culture & Photography from George Mason University in 2007. She worked as a photography and gallery assistant in Washington, before moving to Paris in 2009 to study at SPEOS Photographic Institute.


PANEL DISCUSSION /  Thursday, November 17; 6:30-8:30pm
How Photography Influences Cross-Cultural Dialogue
RSVP required – Click Here to Register and to read more about the program.
Join us for an evening of discussion with O. Louis Mazzatenta, Amalia Pizzardi, Christie Neptune and Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadalah. Our panelists will discuss how their own work with photography has influenced understanding of other cultures, both internationally and locally. Following the discussion there will be an audience q+a along with a reception.


WORKSHOP + ARTIST TALK /  Saturday, November 19, 9:30am-12pm
DIY Digital Pinhole Workshop with Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah
Cost: $20 for Hillyer Members  /  $30 for non-Members
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Join us for breakfast and a mini workshop with photographer Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah. Laila will be discussing her creative process and leading the group in creating a “digital pinhole” using their own cameras, and lens caps that will be provided.

In a current photography culture of instant gratification, workshop attendees will create modern pinhole cameras, treating our cameras in an analog fashion inspired by the roots of photography and traditional practices, including: how to look at light, frame your subject and how this practice can inspire us to wait for the ‘decisive moment.’

Space is limited to 15 people. Those attending will need to bring their own digital SLR camera, (and tripod and shutter remote if they want but not required). Any photographs taken will not be developed/printed during this workshop.