FotoFest 2014 Biennial
VIEW FROM INSIDE
and Mixed Media
The centerpiece of the 2014 Biennial is four newly created exhibitions on Arab Video, Photography, and Mixed Media Art.
The Arab exhibitions will be one of the most important presentations of Arab contemporary art
to be done in the United States. Karin Adrian von Roques is the lead curator and one of the
world’s leading experts on contemporary Arab art. She has worked for over 20 years in the
Middle East with exhibitions and publications on Islamic and contemporary Arab art.
FotoFest’s Arab exhibitions are accompanied by six weeks of Arab programs including the
forums and panels listed here as well as Arab films, concerts, poetry readings, and programs
FOTOFEST 2014 BIENNIAL
VIEW FROM INSIDE
Photography and Mixed Media
|Faisal Samra, Performance #13, Tryptch #02 (detail), 2007
The centerpiece of FotoFest's Biennial exhibitions program is an exhibition of contemporary Arab photography and media atr. 49 prominent contemporary Arab artists from 13 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The exhibitions are curated by Karin Adrian von Roques, a German curator with over 20 years experience working with Arab artists, institutions and publications. Ms. von Roques is curating the Biennial exhibitions with FotoFest Senior Curator and Co-Founder Wendy Watriss.
FotoFest's VIEW FROM INSIDE Arab Exhibitions are on display in four venues:
Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007
Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX 77007
Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007
Williams Tower, 2800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
The featured artists in the 2014 Biennial explore a diverse range of ideas and subjects important to contemporary Arab artists including: the emergence
of secular art and culture in modern societies; the desert as metaphor; religion and faith in everyday life; a sense of belonging
and feelings of estrangement; the complexities of East-West relationships; the rapidity of social, economic and environmental
change, particularly in the Gulf region; the position of women in Arab societies; and the recent political changes in the region.
FotoFest is bringing many of the featured Arab artists to Houston during the Biennial to participate in Biennial programs inluding lectures, talks, tours and symposiums.
BIENNIAL EXHIBITIONS >>
PRESS RELEASE >>
With the Arab exhibitions, FotoFest is publishing a hard-bound book on contemporary Arab art, featuring over 200 color
reproductions of Arab artworks, a DVD of video works and four essays by prominent scholars on Arab art: Biennial
Curator Karin Adrian von Roques; Arab artist Samer Mohdad, Founder of the Fondation Arabe pour l’Image (Arab
Images Foundation); Dr. Claude W. Sui, Chief Curator of the International Forum of Photography at the Reiss-Englehorn
Museum, Mannheim, Germany; and Mona Khazindar, Director General of the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World
Institute) in Paris. FotoFest Senior Curator Wendy Watriss is writing the introduction. The book, co-published with Schilt
Publishing in Amsterdam, and designed by HvAD Design, New York, will be available during the Biennial, in March 2014.
ARAB CONFERENCES, LECTURES and SYMPOSIUMS
DAY-LONG CONFERENCE ON ARAB ART
Saturday March 29, 2014, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)
An Overview of the history and development of contemporary visual art in Arab culture, with a special focus on photography, and media art. Talks and presentations by Arab Artists, Scholars, Arts Professionals,
and Participants in the Commercial and Non‐Profit Worlds of Art.
Planned topics include:
- A Curatorial Overview of the FotoFest 2014 Biennial
- The History of Visual Art and Photography in the Arab World
- Photography in the Arab World Today - Artist Roubdtables
- Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Art
- The Role of New Media in Contemporary Arab Art
- Gender in Art - Middle East and North Africa
SEMINAR ON "ARABOPHOBIA"
April 2, 2013, Rice University
Co‐sponsored by FotoFest, Rice University‘s Humanities Research Center, and the James A. Baker
III Institute for Public Policy. Organized with Dr. Ussama Makdisi,
Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, and Fares el-Dahdah, Director of the
Humanities Research Center at Rice University.
Speakers include Dr.
Melani McAlister, Associate Professor of American Studies, International Affairs, and Media and Public Affairs at George
Washington University, Washington, D.C., a scholar on U.S. Christians’ reactions to Arabs; Houston-based, Palestinian-American poet Fady Joudah; and featured artists from FotoFest's Biennial exhibitions.
Four Conversations on Arab Art
Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, Houston Downtown
with the FotoFest Meeting Place Portfolio Review
March 18, March 22, March 26 and March 30
Conversations between featured Arab artists and regional curators and scholars from the Houston area. The free Artist-Curator Dialogues are organized in conjunction with the FotoFest Meeting Place Portfolio Review and precede the four Evenings with the Artists Open Portfolio Evenings
AUCTION AND COLLECTORS PROGRAMS
A special program for established and new photography collectors on buying and collecting contemporary photography, and emerging art markets in the Middle East and North Africa
- COLLECTING PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE MARKETPLACE – INTERNATIONAL PANELS AND PROGRAMS
March 22-24, 2014 - Registration Required
- CONTEMPORARY ARAB ART IN THE MARKETPLACE OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
March 30, 2014 (TBC) - By Invitation only.
For information on the FotoFest Collectors Program, please contact Liz Wickersham, FotoFest Auction Coordinator, 713.223.5522 ext 14, email@example.com
INTERNATIONAL FINE PRINT AUCTION
March 24, 2014
More than sixty International artists including leading Arab artists from FotoFest 2014 Biennial exhibitions.
Benefit auction for FotoFest art and education programs.
The online preview of the 2014 Fine Print Auction will be posted in February 2014. For information on the FotoFest Fine Print Auction, please contact Liz Wickersham, FotoFest Auction Coordinator, 713.223.5522 ext 14, firstname.lastname@example.org
|FotoFest Fine Print Auction
EXHIBITION TOURS WITH VISITING
ARTISTS AND CURATORS
Saturdays - March 22, April 5, April 12, April 19, and April 26,
Arab Exhibition Sites
Free Public Saturday Tours throughout the six weeks of the Biennial
Free Group Tours for Groups by appointment.For information on tours, please contact Jennifer Ward, FotoFest Exhibitions Coordinator, 713.223.5522 ext 18, email@example.com
ARAB FILM PROGRAM WITH
THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON
Dates to be confirmed
FotoFest and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Film Department are organizing a series of screenings of contemporary Arab cinema at venues in Houston. Films and schedule to be announed.
MUSIC AND POETRY
ARAB POETRY AND MUSIC EVENTS
Dates and venues to be confirmed
Arab cultures have long and storied tradions of poetry, literature and music. FotoFest is organizing events showcasing contemporary poetry and music from the region.
TALKS AT HOUSTON‐AREA SCHOOLS AND
Dates and locations to be confirmed
FotoFest is scheduling talks and presentations by Arab artists at area schools, colleges and universities.
ARAB SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Free to interested schools. For students in Grades 3-12
FotoFest has developed a curriculum and activities on Arab culture for use by teachers and students.
For information on the Arab Curriculum or tours for students, please contact Joel Hernandez, Literacy Through Photography Program Coordinator, 713.223.5522 ext 12, firstname.lastname@example.org
HOUSTON AREA ARAB PARTNERS
Arab-American Cultural and Comunity Center, Houston(ACC)
Arab-American Educational Foundation (AAEF)
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Rice University - James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
Rice University - Humanities Research Center
Aperio, Music for the Americas
INTERNATIONAL ARAB PARTNERS
ArteEast (New York)
Edge of Arabia
Ayyam Gallery (Dubai)
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