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The Lens

The Lens is the FotoFocus editorial platform, highlighting our programming and featuring in-depth conversations on photography and the moving image drawn from perspectives and insights in our community, throughout our region, and around the globe.


On the Line: Documents of Risk and Faith

Posted on June 6, 2022

The works in this exhibition address a range of topics, spanning performance and the body, climate change, power, colonialism and identity, heritage, and territory. Collectively, they portray complex and contested relationships humans have with notions of environment, wilderness, nature, and place. The "line" metaphor is an organizing principle as well as reference to the precarity of this moment: at serious risk; caught, captured; following the path of a line. The exhibition emphasizes photography, in all its forms, as delivering a special charge to document while also grappling with historical expectations, enlarged geographies, and contemporary urgencies. The photographic documentation of various artistic interventions... Continue


Acknowledge Reveal Disclose

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Acknowledge Reveal Disclose is an exhibition of portrait photographs made by individuals from across the region who are active and passionate in their pursuit of photography. Many are not photographers by training or profession, and many have chosen to work in analog film processes. These individuals are part of an organically growing and highly energized community of picture-makers. The exhibition draws attention to and encourages the growth of that community.

Acknowledge Reveal Disclose aligns with the organization’s mission to encourage creative community. In its Community Gallery, the Fitton Center collaborates with area universities, schools, social service organizations, retirement communities,... Continue


Ian Strange: Disturbed Home

Posted on June 3, 2022

Ian Strange: Disturbed Home is a survey of the artist’s architectural interventions, including photographic and filmic interpretations of those structural works. Highlighting projects of the past twelve years and spanning geographies from Strange’s native Australia, to New Zealand, Japan, Poland, and the United States, including Cincinnati, Ohio, Strange’s provocative transformations of damaged or abandoned homes unlock themes of social upheaval and geographic displacement caused by a variety of factors—economic blight, environmental disaster, and social migrations. 

In response to the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record, Strange is creating a new body of work in Cincinnati, highlighting the effects of environmental... Continue


Sun Dogs

Posted on June 2, 2022

FotoFocus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra present Sun Dogs. Named after an atmospheric optical phenomenon, the program features pairs of composers and filmmakers in collaboration, each offering a unique perspective of the natural world through short-format films fused with new music performed by the CSO, conducted by CSO Creative Partner, Matthias Pintscher. Produced in collaboration with Liquid Music as part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record, Sun Dogs seeks to understand the natural world that cannot be touched or measured. Typically a composer responds to a director’s ideas in a film scoring capacity, or a filmmaker is given music to respond... Continue


Liz Roberts: Post Blonde

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FotoFocus and Weston Art Gallery present Liz Roberts: Post Blonde at CampSITE Sculpture Park. This new site-specific commission presents an uninhabited drive-in tableau in which the automobile is parked and repeatedly disembodied to form a large movie screen made from salvaged windshields. While challenging typical road movie tropes, the installation simultaneously references the resurgence of drive-ins during the pandemic and the collective viewing experience of movie screenings.

Representing the individual and their relationship to a community, the car is in direct dialogue with the multi-screen projection structure. The 4-channel video projections within the vehicle’s windows, along with the single-channel... Continue