Founded in 1983, FotoFest has curated or presented groundbreaking exhibitions on photo-based art from Latin America, China, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Korea, Japan, England, Germany, France, the Middle East and North Africa. It has created presentations on Latino photography in the U.S., African-American women artists, new photographers from Texas, artists working with digital technologies, and Contemporary U.S. Photography.
FotoFest 2018 opened to the public on 10th of March and is an expansive celebration of photography and photo-related art from across the world presented as exhibitions across diverse sites and venues across the city of Houston. The international biennial of photography was the first such event in the United States and is now one of the longest photography biennials in the world. The central exhibition is located at four venues—three converted warehouses in Washington Avenue Arts District, and the Asia Society Texas Centre in the Museum District.
This year’s focus country is India, a nation of more than 1.3 billion people and the world’s largest democracy. Bringing together 47 established or emerging photographic and new media artists of Indian origin, working both in India and in the global diaspora, INDIA|Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art is curated by photographer, curator and researcher Sunil Gupta, and Steven Evans, Executive Director. It will be one the largest exhibitions of contemporary Indian art ever presented in the United States.
INDIA|Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art presents a selection of artists dealing with gender equality, identity struggles, oppression, and exploitation of labour. Gupta and Evans, want the biennial to “give priority to artistic voices,” and artist statements will accompany each work, further contextualising viewers experiences and understandings. Their choices of artist include Raqs Media Collective, Mithu Sen, Shilpa Gupta, all established and familiar names, alongside Samar Singh Jodha, the Dubai-born artist-photographer whose images of hidden stories, marginalized people and conflict, influential photojournalist Pablo Bartholomew and Roshini Kempadoo, whose remarkable multimedia projects combine factual and fictional re-imaginings of contemporary experiences with history and memory.
FotoFest 2018 is in collaboration with Houston’s major museums, non-profit art organizations, commercial galleries, universities, non-profit civic organizations, artist-run spaces, retail stores, and restaurants. The biennial also hosts a symposium; public conversations with curators and artists; a program of films from India; literary events; culinary programs; and a special curriculum for K-12 students and families developed by FotoFest’s learning program, Literacy Through Photography.
Dates: 10 March – 22 April 2018 and more information can be found via http://www.fotofest2018.art/
Featured image: Anusha Yadav (India), The Impersonation of Mehr-Un-Nissa, from the series Impersonations, 2016. Courtesy of the artist