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Call for Entry Highlight: More than Meets the Eye

Posted on June 28, 2024

For the 2024 iteration, FotoFocus announced a new Biennial initiative: Call for Entry Selections. These six selected projects highlight talent from the region’s artists and curators as part of the first large-scale regional Call for Entry in the Biennial’s history. Each month leading up to the Biennial, a Call for Entry project will be highlighted. Learn more about More than Meets the Eye: An Immersive Display of Narrative Power through Photos.

From September 13, 2024–November 3, 2024, more than two dozen photographic images, voices, and stories... Continue reading Call for Entry Highlight: More than Meets the Eye


Call for Entry Highlight: The Trail of the Dead

Posted on June 3, 2024

For the 2024 iteration, FotoFocus announced a new Biennial initiative: Call for Entry Selections. These six selected projects highlight talent from the region’s artists and curators as part of the first large-scale regional Call for Entry in the Biennial’s history. Each month leading up to the Biennial, a Call for Entry project will be highlighted. Learn more about The Trail of the Dead, a combination of archival video, large-scale projection, mixed media collages, and photography. This project will be on view September 20–November 3, 2024 at the Continue reading Call for Entry Highlight: The Trail of the Dead


“Revel in it!” An essay by Ariel Goldberg

Posted on May 28, 2024

Ariel Goldberg is a writer, curator, and photographer based in New York City. They are an experienced educator and have taught photography, writing, and contemporary art practices at numerous universities. Goldberg curated the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial exhibition Images on which to build, 1970s–1990s at the Contemporary Arts Center. Since its run in Cincinnati, Images has shown at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York, NY, and is currently on view at the Chicago Cultural Center through August 4, 2024. Goldberg discusses how they rotate between working on traveling Images as an exhibition and research and... Continue reading “Revel in it!” An essay by Ariel Goldberg


Call for Entry Highlight: Humphrey Gets His Flowers

Posted on April 26, 2024

For the 2024 iteration, FotoFocus announced a new Biennial initiative: Call for Entry Selections. These six selected projects highlight talent from the region’s artists and curators as part of the first large-scale regional Call for Entry in the Biennial’s history. Each month leading up to the Biennial, a Call for Entry project will be highlighted. Learn more about Humphrey Gets His Flowers, a combination of archival video, large-scale projection, mixed media collages, and photography. This project will be on view September 27, 2024–November 1, 2024 at Art Academy of Cincinnati: SITE1212.

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FotoFocus Announces Over 100 Projects and 87 Participating Venues in 2024 FotoFocus Biennial: backstories

Posted on April 23, 2024

America’s Largest Photography Biennial Returns in October with Exhibitions, Art Installations, Performances, and Screenings.

In a Press Release originally published on April 23, 2024, FotoFocus announces Participating Venues for the seventh edition of the FotoFocus Biennial, which takes place throughout the month of October, with an Opening Weekend Program September 26–28, 2024. The largest of its kind in America, extending across ​museums, galleries, universities, and public spaces in Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Northern Kentucky, the FotoFocus Biennial celebrates photography... Continue reading FotoFocus Announces Over 100 Projects and 87 Participating Venues in 2024 FotoFocus Biennial: backstories