The FotoFocus Biennial is a month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art held throughout the greater Cincinnati region. FotoFocus was built around the idea of collaboration. The collective experience is developed through a unique cooperation between art museums, artists, curators, and educators in the exploration of the photographic art form.
FotoFocus brings together the community to celebrate October as the Month of Photography.
FotoFocus Biennial 2018: Open Archive
FotoFocus Biennial Program: October 4–7, 2018
Now in its fourth iteration, the FotoFocus Biennial will span 70 museums and galleries across Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio, and feature more than 200 artists, curators, and educators. Each Biennial is structured around a unifying theme; for 2018 that theme 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.
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Venue Application Inquiry
The application process for the 2018 Biennial is now closed. If you represent a venue interested in participating in the FotoFocus Biennial 2020, please fill out the Participating Venue Application Inquiry form.
Previous FotoFocus Biennials
FotoFocus Biennial 2016: Photography, the Undocument
Featuring over 60 exhibitions and over 100 FotoFocus events at Participating Venues, the 2016 Biennial included eight major exhibitions curated by FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore exploring the documentary nature of photography, including solo exhibitions of Roe Ethridge, Zanele Muholi, and Jackie Nickerson. The Biennial Program included four days of events, lectures, and screenings.
The Participating Venues took diverse approaches to the theme: Photography, the Undocument, which seeks to break apart assumptions about photography’s documentary character by emphasizing the medium’s natural tendency to distort and reshape the visible world.
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FotoFocus Biennial 2014: Photography in Dialogue
The second edition of the Biennial, hosted in October of 2014 and centered around Washington Park, included six original exhibitions curated by FotoFocus, the premiere of the FotoFocus ArtHub, as well as exhibitions by over 60 Participating Venues throughout the region. The FotoFocus featured programming included five days of lectures, panel discussions, screenings, and performances with curators, critics, and art world professionals, all focused on one common theme: Photography in Dialogue. FotoFocus welcomed over 115,000 visitors to the Biennial.
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FotoFocus Biennial 2012: People. Places. Photography.
In October of 2012 the FotoFocus Biennial became the region’s first event to bring together over 60 venues to simultaneously present contemporary and historical photography, as well as artistic and educational programing. The inaugural event welcomed 63,000 visitors to the FotoFocus Biennial 2012.
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