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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.

Meryl McMaster: Stories of the Infinite Sky

Posted on April 22, 2024

Stories of the Infinite Sky places the artwork of Quebec-based photographer Meryl McMaster into the landscape of southwest Ohio. Blown up as semi-transparent tapestries, this outdoor exhibition presents the artist’s photographic epics within the plant and animal life of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. Drawing inspiration from memories and cultural traditions related to her nêhiyaw (Plains Cree), Métis, Dutch, and Scottish ancestry, McMaster dons a new persona in each photograph. Seeing each one as its own theatrical performance, McMaster constructs a layered backstory with the props she crafts, the clothing and makeup designs she creates, and the culturally significant locations to which... Continue reading Meryl McMaster: Stories of the Infinite Sky

Snapshots of Over-the-Rhine

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Most often the history of Over-the-Rhine is told from the perspective of white, European immigrants from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. What is left out are the stories from the more recent past: the behind-the-scenes stories of working-class and low-income residents who made up the community in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.

In Snapshots, the Over-the-Rhine Museum Community Engagement Committee and curators from the neighborhood collect images that tell a different story about Over-the-Rhine. In showcasing these personal photographs, they hope to foster a connection between viewer, photographer, and subjects and... Continue reading Snapshots of Over-the-Rhine

Artist Run: The Continuing Legacy of Cincinnati’s Artist-Run Spaces

Posted on March 12, 2024

Cincinnati has long been an incubator for experimental, outsider, and DIY arts activities. Some would argue that it’s because Ohio is a flyover state—or perhaps it’s due to a lack of robust institutional support for local artists, or simply because of a lack of a strong collector and commercial gallery system—that artists here are more willing to step outside of the conventional white-walled box to create unique art experiences. Whatever the reason, Cincinnati has a history of artist-run spaces in spades. There is a joy, freedom, and willingness to “make it work” that is found largely in artist-run spaces. Artists identify... Continue reading Artist Run: The Continuing Legacy of Cincinnati’s Artist-Run Spaces

More than Meets the Eye: An Immersive Display of Narrative Power through Photos

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By harnessing the power of personal narratives and universal themes of resilience, peace, and hope that connect us across borders and experiences, More than Meets the Eye encourages viewers to see their own lives and communities through a new and empathetic lens. Inspired by a visit from 12-foot puppet Little Amal in 2023, A Picture’s Worth and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra began collaborations in an effort to help people better understand the experiences of immigrants and refugees through art. The exhibition consists of photographs of, and provided by, local immigrants and refugees, as well as companion audio stories that... Continue reading More than Meets the Eye: An Immersive Display of Narrative Power through Photos

Liz Roberts: Post Blonde

Posted on May 22, 2023

FotoFocus and Weston Gallery present Liz Roberts: Post Blonde at CampSITE Sculpture Park. Post Blonde brings together new iterations of two works. In this site-specific work, the auto is immobilized and repeatedly disembodied to form a large movie screen made from salvaged windshields. The video projections in car windows and on screen question the notion of an afterward and what it means to try and create a record through video documentation.

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