The Biennial in Book Form: Three Volumes to Add to Your Shelves

October 30, 2018

The 2018 Biennial theme Open Archive sparks a multitude of thoughts and inspiration. Behind each curated show, featured photograph, and careful performance lie layers of narrative and woven experience, charged with texture and intertextuality. Which is why exploring the material behind this year’s exhibitions only adds to the intrigue—and the richness of the conversation. Modular … Continued

FotoFocus Goes to College, or: Building Engagement with Photography by Collaborating With Higher Ed

October 25, 2018

Last week, three artists from the exhibition “Past as Present: Capturing and Archiving the Female Experience” headlined its opening reception. The event offered the pleasures one would expect from a FotoFocus-affiliated production: astonishing art, tasty refreshments, and a lively panel discussion featuring the artists themselves. But there was one twist. The event didn’t occur at … Continued

East/Central Neighborhood Spotlight: Three Itineraries for Oct. 27

October 15, 2018

There are more than 90—count ’em, more than 90—FotoFocus projects at museums and galleries across the region this Biennial. We know, it can be daunting. Sot here at The Lens, we want to help you navigate the shows scattered around town. Today, we’re talking about what’s happening in central and eastern parts of the Cincinnati … Continued

Open Archive: The 2018 Biennial Theme Looks at the Archive in All Its Forms

October 2, 2018

Archives are both fixed and flexible. An archive is a record, but it can also be an account—a repository of objects that has the additional purpose of being a source of knowledge. And a photographic archive is still more elastic: It’s art, it’s history, it’s politics, it’s thought. Archives can be reorganized, appropriated, or entirely … Continued

FotoFocus Super-Charges Final Friday

September 23, 2018

It’s Final Friday—on steroids! Chances are you’ve been to the Over-the-Rhine art walk by now, held the last Friday of each month…hence the name. (And if not, keep reading, this is a great opportunity to start.)  Galleries and shops along and adjacent to Main Street throw open their doors to neighbors, newbies, and visitors who … Continued