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Faces of Downtown Scene - NYC's performance community in portraits

Faces of Downtown Scene - NYC's performance community in portraits


Maria Baranova


Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY


Friday, January 4, 2019 - 1:00pm weekly through February 16, 2019



Maria Baranova

Maria Baranova 
Faces of Downtown Scene
January 4th - February 16th, 2019 

Opening Reception: January 4th 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Special Performance:
Surveys The Prairie of Your Room
by Witness Relocation / Dan Safer 6:30 pm

Faces of Downtown Scene is a portrait project dedicated to New York’s experimental performance community. 


Over the past two years, while working as a photographer for off-off Broadway theater and dance, Maria Baranova invited dancers, choreographers, producers, playwrights and designers to her Gowanus, Brooklyn studio for a portrait session and conversation. Using a medium format film camera and natural light, Maria has captured over 200 subjects, including: Ivy Baldwin, Geoff Sobelle, Meg Harper, Bobbi Jene Smith, Young Jean Lee, David Neumann, artists such as Eric White and Shantell Martin, members of Mabou Mines, Radiohole, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, CATCH and Big Dance Theater, revealing the makers of this unique community of artists in New York. 

“At some point I realized how crucial it is not only to document the performances but also the creators themselves, people who make the shows but often hide behind the roles or backstage. I started this project in November 2016 by making a list of everyone I knew in New York and inviting them to my studio”. 

For this first time ever printed exhibition of Faces of Downtown Scene, Maria has chosen 37 portraits, each is made as a 20x20in traditional C-Print and framed with a custom frame. The exhibition will take over the entire space of the Main Gallery at The Invisible Dog Art Center from January 4th through February 16th, 2019.


About Maria Baranova

Maria Baranova was born in Moscow, Russia and grew up in Helsinki, Finland. She holds diplomas in Art Painting and Photography. Maria is known for photographing downtown theater and dance in New York. Through this she gained a unique access to the experimental performance community, and expanded her photographic work to portraits in her long-term project, Faces of Downtown Scene. 

Attached images: Ben Wagner / Performer / April 2017 & Emily Reilly / Dramaturg / December 2016. More photos at www.facesofdowntownscene.com

About Witness Relocation

Surveys The Prairie of Your Room
by Witness Relocation / Dan Safer
Directed, Choreographed and Performed by Dan Safer
Co-Created and Performed by Ae Andreas
Original Music by Heather Christian
Original Text by Jeremy O. Harris

A duet about when things could go in any number of directions and you’re not quite sure which one is right. Things that could happen in hotel rooms. ASMR recordings. Trying to do whats right. Trying to be happy when everything has gone to hell. Dancing.

Witness Relocation formed in 2000 and make shows ranging from fully scripted plays to original dance / theater pieces to many things in between. They are a resident company at La Mama and have performed all over the world.They're led by Dan Safer, who used to be a gogo dancer and now teaches at MIT. 

Maria Baranova, Photographer, 917-480-9311


Faces of Downtown Scene
Exhibition by Maria Baranova
January 4th - February 16th 2019
Invisible Dog Art Center 
The Main Gallery
51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Gallery Hours:
Thursday–Saturday, 1–7pm Sunday, 1–5pm

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