Eyes on Main Street’s annual photography festival starts Oct. 31: Events include indoor and outdoor exhibits

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For Wide Awake Wilson

The sixth edition of Eyes on Main Street will open Oct. 31 and continue even longer than usual, to May 15, in a new location in downtown Wilson.

The international outdoor street photography festival will also include indoor photography exhibitions, a youth photography program and public lecture series.

For 200 days, 100 large-scale photographs will be displayed on 100 storefront windows and buildings, spanning nine city blocks along Barnes Street and four adjacent blocks.

The outdoor exhibition, curated by Jerome De Perlinghi and co-curated by Ghadah Alrawi and Carol Johnson, features the work of 100 photographers from 45 countries with an equal number of men and women represented. Among the artists included in this year’s edition are Stephen Shore, Bieke Depoorter, Bruno Barbey, Griselda San Martin, Finbarr O’Reilly, Lua Ribeira, John Stanmeyer, Karen Kausmaki, Martin Roemers, Betty Press and Dawoud Bey.


• Andria Hautamaki was the first recipient of the festival’s photo reportage grant. With the grant money, she worked in remote villages of southern Chile, photographing education challenges and the school system in faraway regions of the world by following children in their daily life. The work will be on display next to the Residency Gallery at the corner of Nash and Douglas streets.

• The festival will exhibit a selection of photographs produced by 13 resident photographers who each spent a month photographing Wilson from a wide variety of artistic viewpoints. Between April 2019 and March of this year, the city attracted resident photographers from around the world, including Michele Frankfurter, Judith Rodriguez, Roza Vulf, Jeremy Lange, Ayomide A. Oyeniyi, Vicky Roy, Benjamin Dunn, Olivier Metzger, Isabelle Levy-Lehman, Mark Rammers, Gisela Ajzensztat, Bronek Kozka and Tracy Barbutes. Examples of their work will be on display at 231 Nash St. E., corner of Douglas and Nash streets, across from Imagination Station.

• Hundreds of photographs captured by the Wilson youth during the 2019 workshops and Chinese youth during the festival’s collaboration with the Pingyao International Photography Festival in September 2019 will be exhibited in a wheat paste outside gallery across from Tig’s Courtyard on Barnes Street. This exhibition is co-curated by Stephen DeSantis and Peter Fitzpatrick.