Mark Abramson’s inaugural solo exhibition Two Face will be on view at the United Photo Industries Gallery from October 6-29, 2016 in DUMBO.


United Photo Industries | 16 MAIN STREET, GALLERY B | DUMBO

Stop by Saturday afternoon, October 22, 2016, from 1pm to 3pm for complimentary all-American beer with artist Mark Abramson and the UPI team, as Mark talks about his exhibition TWO FACE and the artistic process behind the series.

A Russian-American freelance photographer and cinematographer, Abramson's series Two Face explores duplicity and manipulation, fiction and pageantry, production and spectacle in the theater of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Abramson’s inaugural solo exhibition Two Face will be on view at the United Photo Industries Gallery from October 6th, 2016 through to the 29th. An artist reception, open to all, will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 6–9pm to celebrate the artist and his work.

Never in recent history has the American political landscape felt so polarized.

© Mark Abramson

Two Face explores duplicity and manipulation, fiction and pageantry, production and spectacle in the theater of the 2016 Presidential campaign.

The work is inspired by the artist’s experience of having traveled and performed with a New England circus in his teenage years, and also by images and stories from his regular childhood summer visits with his grandparents in Soviet Russia. Echoing Communist-era propaganda, Two Face brings into focus a blurry a nexus of power, absurdity, and doublespeak.

These images present fragments of reality, but they reside within a space between wakefulness and nightmare. In constructing and deconstructing political dreamscapes, the work—rather than bearing witness—bears intuition and imagination.

About Mark Abramson

Mark Abramson (b. 1988) is a Russian-American freelance photographer and cinematographer based in New York City, working across the U.S and abroad.

His work focuses on the intersection of the various facets of modern day social issues such as immigration, education, politics, and community. Much of the inspiration for his documentary work, and more recent conceptual work Two Face, comes from his own family’s history of migration from the former Soviet Union through Europe and the United States. His interest in experiential storytelling led him to study print journalism at George Washington University, and later to receive further training as a photographer and video journalist at the Washington Post and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

He speaks English, Russian, and Spanish, and his clients include: The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harper’s Magazine, The New Republic, TIME, Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, Arena Magazine, Wired, Newsweek, El Nuevo Día, and Univision.


United Photo Industries, a New York based art-presenting organization, brings the photographic community together by producing photography installations and events in unique locations off-the beaten path where the focus lies in content and is accessible to everyday people from all walks of life.

Launched in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe.

Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, United Photo Industries has presented dozens of public art installations across the United States and worldwide in partnership with numerous agencies and organizations. Past and present partners include: the NYC Department of Transportation, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Dutch and Namibian Missions to the UN, the NY Department of Parks, the DUMBO BID, the Brooklyn Tourism Company, and numerous arts festivals both domestic and international including the DUMBO Arts Festival (US), the Hamburg Triennial (Germany), the Athens Photo Festival (Greece), the Leiden Photo Festival (Holland), the Shanghai International Photography Festival (China), and the Lishui Photo Festival (China). United Photo Industries is also co-producer of the annual Tokyo International Photography Festival in Tokyo, Japan.

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