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2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record
Thank you to all who made the sixth FotoFocus Biennial a huge success. With 100+ projects, 90 venues, and more than 600 participants, this was the largest FotoFocus Biennial to date. This month-long celebration was an ambitious collaboration between FotoFocus and the region’s museums, galleries, universities, and non-traditional spaces that united artists, curators, and educators from around the world.
The Biennial Program Week consisted of receptions and talks throughout the region, including the Biennial Symposium. Memorial Hall and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center hosted two days of programming filled with talks, discussions, and keynote addresses by artists, curators, and distinguished speakers. To signify the Biennial’s contributions to the region’s arts community, the Mayor of Cincinnati, Aftab Pureval, proclaimed October the Month of Photography.
This year’s Passport Program—a program providing access to Biennial projects and members-only events—was made free for the first time ever thanks to generous donors. As a result, more than 2000 Passports were distributed.
The success of the FotoFocus Biennial is due to dedicated Patrons, Passport Holders, Participating Venues, and Artists; we look forward to continued collaborations during the 2024 Biennial.
Kevin Moore, FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator, discussing On the Line: Documents of Risk and Faith at the Contemporary Arts Center
Guests viewing On the Line: Documents of Risk and Faith at the Contemporary Arts Center
Street Party for Ian Strange: Disturbed Home and Annex at Art Academy of Cincinnati
Mayor of Cincinnati, Aftab Pureval, proclaimed October the Month of Photography during the Biennial Symposium at Memorial Hall
Diana Solís, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Lola Flash, JEB (Joan E. Biren), and Ariel Goldberg discussing Images on which to build: 1970s-1990s during the symposium at Memorial Hall
Audience member at CampSITE asking a question during the talk for Liz Roberts: Post Blonde
Guests admiring Liz Roberts: Post Blonde at CampSITE
Visitors at the opening of These Things Are Connected at The Carnegie
Founded in 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio, FotoFocus is a nonprofit organization created to celebrate and champion photography as the medium of our time through programming that ignites a dialogue between contemporary lens-based art and the history of photography. FotoFocus presents lens-based signature programming including the FotoFocus Biennial, FotoFocus Symposium, FotoFocus Talks Series, and Film and Video programming.
FotoFocus has collaborated with organizations, curators, academics, and artists to present more than 750 exhibitions and programs to provide uniquely enriching access to lens-based art, film, and practices inspired by photography. FotoFocus has awarded over 600 grants to support partners presenting projects and educational programs that are accessible and engaging to the public.
The organization has brought hundreds of internationally-renowned artists to the Greater Cincinnati region, including Doug Aitken, Tina Barney, Jo Ann Callis, Gregory Crewdson, Thomas Demand, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Mitch Epstein, Roe Ethridge, Larry Fink, Paul Graham, Todd Hido, Barbara Kasten, Michael Kenna, Zoe Leonard, Duane Michaels, Laurel Nakadate, David Benjamin Sherry, Laurie Simmons, Sandy Skoglund, Alec Soth, Doug + Mike Starn, Joyce Tenneson, John Waters, and Roger Ross Williams.