Photo-focused pop-up gallery

After attracting thousands of visitors to the citywide FotoWeek DC photography festival last fall, FotoWeek DC’s organizer, FotoDC, promised to become a year-round organization in 2011. As part of that pledge, it will open a photography-focused pop-up gallery in the old Design Within Reach space in Adams Morgan. The first exhibition — opening Friday with a reception from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — is “Speaking to Silence, An Exhibition on Communities Displaced, Dissidents Repressed, and Childhood Betrayed,” featuring the work of three documentary photographers, including Platon, Marcus Bleasdale and Stephanie Sinclair, who’ll present a multimedia work. Of the show, a partnership with Human Rights Watch and the Pulitzer Center, FotoWeek DC founder Theo Adamstein says: “[This show] is a really important direction we’re going in — we’ll still be supporting fine artwork, but the thought of being an organization that can show work related to human rights issues, social issues . . . we find that very relevant.”

Friday at 6:30 p.m. FotoDC’s pop-up gallery, 1838 Columbia Rd. NW. Free.

— Lavanya Ramanathan