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2022 FotoFocus Biennial Symposium Schedule

Posted on September 29, 2022


The 2022 FotoFocus Biennial Program Week, which runs September 29–October 8, constitutes the core of the Biennial, establishing the theme and dialogues that unite the broader programming. Featuring keynotes lectures, conversations, screenings, and receptions with exceptional artists and curators, the Biennial Program is designed to inspire conversations about the world through photography and lens-based art.


As part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial Program Week, running September 29–October 8, FotoFocus is pleased to share the full schedule for the Daytime Symposium. Taking place over two days, the Daytime Symposium will feature artist talks, conversations, keynote lectures, and more.

Access to the entire FotoFocus Biennial Program Week, including the Daytime Symposium, is a benefit of being a 2022 FotoFocus Biennial Passport holder. GET THE PASSPORT for free entry and exclusive events!

Saturday, October 1, 9:00am – 4:30pm at Memorial Hall

Featuring the following exhibitions: On the Line: Documents of Risk and Faith, Images on which to build, 1970s–1990s, Baseera Khan: Weight on History, Ian Strange: Disturbed Home, Ian Strange: Annex, and Natural World.


9am

Breakfast

9:45am

Opening Remarks by Mary Ellen Goeke, FotoFocus Executive Director

10am

Introduction by Kevin Moore: Photographs are the Monuments of Our Online Visual Culture
Kevin Moore, FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator, New York, NY

10:30am

Discussion of Images on which to build, 1970s–1990s
Moderated by: Ariel Goldberg, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Independent Writer and Curator, New York, NY, with panelists: JEB (Joan E. Biren), Photographer, Filmmaker, and Activist, Washington, D.C.; Lola Flash, Photographer, New York, NY; Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Co-coordinator, Lesbian Herstory Archives and Associate Dean, NYU Libraries, New York, NY; and Diana Solís, Photographer and Educator, Chicago, IL

11:30am

Artist Talk by Ian Strange
Ian Strange, Transdisciplinary Artist, Perth, Australia

Noon

Lunch Break

1pm

Artist Talk by Jason Allen-Paisant
Jason Allen-Paisant, Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Creative Writing at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

1:30pm

Discussion of On The Line: Documents of Risk and Faith
Co-moderated by Makeda Best, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, and Kevin Moore, FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator, New York, NY, with artists: Mitch Epstein, Photographer, New York, NY, and Xaviera Simmons, Artists, New York, NY

2:30pm

Conversation with Baseera Khan and Ylinka Barotto
Ylinka Barotto, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Independent Curator, Houston, TX with Baseera Khan, Artist, New York, NY

3:30pm

Keynote Lecture by Makeda Best, Devour the Land
Makeda Best, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

4:30pm

Mayoral Proclamation

Sunday, October 2, 1:00pm – 5:00pm at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Featuring the following exhibitions: ‘Free as they want to be’: Artists Committed to Memory, Tony Oursler: Crossing Neptune, and These Things Are Connected.


12:45pm

Opening Remarks by Mary Ellen Goeke, FotoFocus Executive Director, and Woodrow “Woody” Keown, Jr., President & Chief Operating Officer at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

1pm

Reading by Deborah Willis on J.P. Ball
Deborah Willis, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, New York, NY

1:30pm

Artist Talk by Myra Greene
Myra Greene, Artist and Photographer, Atlanta, GA

2pm

Conversation with Tony Oursler and Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore, FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator, New York, NY, with Tony Oursler, Artist, New York, NY

3pm

Discussion of ‘Free as they want to be’: Artists Committed to Memory
Co-moderated by Cheryl Finley, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Director of the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Art History at Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, and Deborah Willis, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, New York, NY, with artists: Adama Delphine Fawundu, Artist and Assistant Professor at Columbia University, Brooklyn, NY, Wendel White, Distinguished Professor of Art & American Studies at Stockton University, Galloway, NJ

4pm

Keynote Lecture by Jeff Orlowski-Yang
Jeff Orlowski-Yang, Director, Producer, and Cinematographer, Boulder, CO

Reception to follow

Be sure to check out the Event Calendar for additional talks, performances, receptions, openings, and more throughout Biennial Program Week and the month of October.