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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.


Far Out: The Unexpected Awaits at FotoFocus Northern Kentucky Venues

Posted on September 17, 2018

The Carnegie’s Exhibition Director Matt Distel sums up FotoFocus this year in Northern Kentucky like this: “Get over here for the weird stuff.” Not just weird—in some cases, downright out of this world. Where else could you meet two artists from another dimension and then turn around and see photographs taken by astronauts in space? FotoFocus’s Biennial theme Open Archive and the venues in the Commonwealth don’t disappoint with their varied and sometimes out there approaches to the subject. In this installment of The Lens, we explore what NKY will offer on October 20, a FotoFocus Neighborhood Spotlight Day, when you can see a lot of great... Continue

Gillian Wearing World Premieres Four Works at Cincinnati Art Musuem for FotoFocus 2018

Posted on September 15, 2018

Nathaniel Stein has admired contemporary conceptual artist Gillian Wearing’s work since he first saw her poignant, genre-bending photographs in an Introduction to Art History class in the mid-1990s. He’s dreamed of working with her for as long as he’s been a museum curator. Now, after a year as Associate Curator of Photography for the Cincinnati Art Museum, he has his chance.

And we, those of us who’ll experience the 2018 FotoFocus Biennial, will have our chance to encounter the British artist’s internationally recognized and often jarring self-portraits and video installations in the first major exhibition of her work to be shown in the... Continue


FotoFocus in Dayton: Nine Shows You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted on September 6, 2018

Sometimes you need to get out of town, see something fresh, and stretch your brain muscles. And sometimes, that can mean just a short jaunt up I-75. If you’ve got the itch, you’re in luck—FotoFocus has a road trip mapped out for you. This fall, spend a day in Dayton and delve into a fascinating array of photography and lens-based Biennial exhibitions at a host of art havens around the Gem City. There’s the iconic and architecturally beautiful Dayton Art institute showing Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs. You may recognize Thomas, who shows internationally, as the photographer of the first individual Continue

Meet the Curator: Kevin Moore

Posted on September 4, 2018

New York-based Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore brings two exciting—and distinctive—odes on photography to FotoFocus this year: Paris to New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Bernice Abbott, which exhibits at Taft Museum of Art, and Mamma Andersson: Memory Banks at the Contemporary Arts Center. In Paris to New York, Moore explores the relationship between American photographer Berenice Abbott (1898–1991) and French photographer Eugène Atget (1857–1927), who met in Paris in the 1920s and conducted comparable documentary projects. As you explain, when Atget and Abbott met, he was working to document the city of Paris as it was being modernized after WWI. Abbott became a... Continue

Camp Washington, Clifton, and Northside Get the FotoFocus Neighborhood Spotlight October 13

Posted on August 23, 2018

As part of the 2018 Biennial, FotoFocus is featuring five Neighborhood Spotlight Days: Opportunities to visit multiple Participating Venues in certain geographic locations on a day when artists, curators, and more will likely be present, along with other neighborhood activities—a great chance to dive into the energy of the Biennial...and map out a plan to get to venues in a year with such a chock-full exhibition list. Each day, you’re invited on a journey through art and the communities hosting it. The Lens will tell you how to experience the stirring and sensational work spread across the region’s diverse and... Continue