FotoFocus Biennial 2018: Francis Bruguière, Couple Embraced, about 1929. Gelatin silver print, 9716 × 7716 inches. Courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

FotoFocus Biennial 2018

Open Archive

FotoFocus Biennial Program: October 4–7, 2018

Now in its fourth iteration, the FotoFocus Biennial 2018 will span over 80 projects at museums and galleries across Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and 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. Visit for more information.

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2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record

100+ Projects. 90 Venues. 600+ Participants.

The month-long celebration returns for its sixth iteration on Thursday, September 29. The Biennial kicks off with a suite of suite of receptions, artist talks and tours: see a full listing of the Biennial Program Week. Events include:

  • Opening receptions at Art Academy of Cincinnati, CampSITE Sculpture Park, The Carnegie, Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and Taft Museum of Art
  • Film Screening of Dara Friedman’s Dancer followed by a conversation with Friedman and Lizzi Bougatsos 
  • FotoFocus Daytime Symposium (Oct 1 & 2) with keynotes by Makeda Best and Jeff Orlowski-Yang

Become a PASSPORT HOLDER now to join these exclusive and early access events.

This ambitious collaboration between FotoFocus and the region’s museums, galleries, universities, and non-traditional spaces unites artists, curators, and educators from around the world. This year’s Biennial showcases major new artist commissions and a wide range of original exhibitions, events, and projects, all centered around the theme of World Record. The theme considers photography’s extensive record of life on earth, humankind’s impact on the natural world, and the choices we now face as a global community.

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    Dara Friedman, Government Cut Freestyle, 1998. 16 mm silent film loop, transferred to DVD, 9 min 20 sec. Courtesy of the artist

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    Diana Solís, Self Portrait on Greenview Street, Lakeview neighborhood, Chicago, IL, 1982. Archival piezography print, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist

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    Ian Strange, Twenty-Five, 2017. Selected photographic work from TARGET. Documentation of site-specific intervention. Courtesy of the artist

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    Ian Strange and crew on site making TARGET, Perth, Australia. Photo by Elliot Strang

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    Daesha Devón Harris, Don’t you let nobody turn you around, from One More River to Cross, fall 2017. Cotton rag archival pigment print, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist

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    Unknown artist, Jehovah's Witness Baptism, June 17, 1978. Collection of Tony Oursler

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    Liz Roberts, Drive-In Movie (after Ballard), 2015. Photo by Stephen Takacs. Courtesy of the artist

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    John Edmonds, Refuge, 2022. Pigment inkjet print, 40 x 60 inches (101.6 x 152.4 cm). © John Edmonds. Courtesy of the artist, commissioned by the Cincinnati Art Museum

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    Courtesy of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

About FotoFocus

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.

FotoFocus Biennial 2016: Zanele Muholi: Personae installation at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Photo by Ryan Elliott