FotoFocus, the local lens-based arts biennial, has announced it’s lineup for the 2018 event, held throughout October at 70 museums and galleries spread across Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus.
Each Biennial has a unifying theme and this year's is Open Archive, "emphasizing the centrality of photography and lens-based art to modernism, and examining our fundamental need to preserve photographs and to tell stories through their collection, organization and interpretation."
The FotoFocus Biennial Program itself (Oct. 4-7) features some big names, including a conversation with writer, filmmaker and artist Miranda July about her archive project Joanie 4 Jackie; a keynote address from Clement Cheroux, SFMOMA’s Senior Curator of Photography; and a performance of Blind Spot, an interdisciplinary collaboration between writer and photographer Teju Cole and composer Vijay Iyer, curated by the CAC’s Drew Klein.
Other highlights include:
The Contemporary Arts Center
- For the first time, FotoFocus-curated exhibitions will be on all floors of the museum, including new paintings by Swedish artist Mamma Andersson; a “historical address of the works of Karl Blossfeldt and Francis Bruguière in dialogue with Thomas Ruff’s contemporary photographic abstractions;” and work from Arab Image Institute founder Akram Zaatari.
Taft Museum of Art
- Paris to New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott, a historical exhibit based on an encounter between young American photographer Abbott and the elderly Atget in the 1920s.
Weston Art Gallery
- A group exhibition of nearly 20 artists “pushing the boundaries of photography,” including Jimmy Baker, Harry Callahan, Sol Lewitt, Goshka Macuga and Marilyn Minter.
The Mini Microcinema
- A month-long film series guarded by the cinema’s director C. Jacqueline Wood.
Other featured artists include Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Michael Wilson, David Yarrow, Nancy Ford Cones and more. Get more details and event info at fotofocuscincinnati.org.