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Life Center, Joseph Echaburu

Photographic arts cooperative United Photo Industries has launched its new gallery space in DUMBO with a series of single-evening shows featuring the work of seven emerging photographers, running nightly at 6 p.m. through Dec. 9. The cooperative, run by creative director Sam Baszilay, producer/production manager Dave Shelly, and executive producer Laura Roumanos, organizes site-specific exhibitions locally and abroad, drawing on an international network of curatorial partners.  Their new space is located at 111 Front Street, Suite #204.

7 over 7 presents exhibitions in order by Bruno Pulici, Alexi Courtney, Bob Miller, Howard Heyman, Irina Firsova, Miguel Torena and Josep Echaburu. Pulici’s Domestico series portrays families including people with mental handicaps in their domestic environments and raises questions about normalcy and intimacy. In An Intimate Nature, Courtney explores the figures and spaces in her personal life using the poetic qualities of natural light.  Miller documents Youth Reform in Kenya following the deaths of over 1,200 Kenyans during post-election violence of 2007 and 2008, while Heyman addresses the subjects of war and conflict through Toy Soldier Portraits. Russian photographer Firsova’s People of the Soviet Time appropriates portraits of Russians made before the fall of the Iron Curtain, considering how their identities are preserved through these records of their expressions, hair-styles and clothing. Torena’s The Periodic Table merges art and fashion, and Spanish photographer Echaburu’s Life Center reveals moments of humor, hope and comradery experienced in nursing homes.

– Tema Stauffer