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FotoFest 1998, Seventh International Month of Photography
March 1998

Eugene (Eugenio) Courret. Hortencia Caceres, c. 1891. The Memory of a City, Lima, Peru, The Photography Studio of Eugene (Eugenio Courret) 1863-1935. Enlarge this photo
Ninety-six exhibitions in museums, commercial galleries, alternative arts spaces, downtown buildings, universities, and schools throughout Houston. Downtown installations highlighting urban revitalization work in Houston.

Exhibitions - FotoFest Exhibitions, Artistic Director: Wendy Watriss

Altered Worlds
Contemporary Staged Slovak Photography
Curator: Lucia Benicka, Tatranska Galerie/House of Photography, Poprad
Artists: Robo Kocan, Pavel Pecha, Rudo Prekop, Vasil Stanko, Miro Svolik, Kamil Varga, Petr Zupnik

Looking at the 90's, Four Views of Current Mexican PhotographyAltered Worlds, Contemporary Staged Slovak Photography
Curator: Lucia Benicka, Tatranska Galerie/House of Photography, Poprad
Artists: Robo Kocan, Pavel Pecha, Rudo Prekop, Vasil Stanko, Miro Svolik, Kamil Varga, Petr Zupnik

Looking at the 90's, Four Views of Current Mexican Photography
Curator: Ana Casa, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City
Artists: Katya Brailowsky, Maya Goded, Javier Ramírez Límon, Maruch Santiz Gómez, Daniel Weinstock
Curator: Miguel Fematt, Faculty of Visual Arts, University of Veracruz
Artists: Marco Antonio Cruz, Carlos Jurado, Daniel Mendoza, Hildegart Moreno Oloarte, Pedro Slim
Curator: Jose Antonio Rodríguez, Independent Curator, Mexico City
Artists: Laura Barrón, Ximena Berecochea, Adriana Calatayud, Marianna Dellekamp, Gerardo Montiel Klint
Curator: Osvaldo Sánchez, Director of Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City
Artists: Pía Elizondo, Edgar Ladrón de Guevara, Sebastian Rodríguez Romo.

Discoveries of the Meeting Place
Pavel Pecha. Untitled, From the series My Intuitive Theater, 1990-1997. Altered Worlds. Enlarge this photo
Curators: Andy Grundberg, Independent Curator and Critic
Maria Teresa Garcia Pedroche, Assistant Curator, Meadows Museum, Dallas
José Ignacio Roca, Curator, Luis Angel Arango Library, Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Colombia
Tina Schelhorn, Director of Internationale Szene, Cologne, Germany
Marcel Blouin, Director, Mois de la Photo, Montreal
Patricia Mendoza, Director, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City
Roland Charles, Director, Black Photographers Gallery, Los Angeles
John Cleary, Director, John Cleary Gallery, Houston
Adam Weinbereg, Curator of the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum, New York Sunil Gupta, Curator, Organization for Visual Arts, London

Artists: Jan Camp (USA), Valdir Cruz (USA/Brazil), Deborah Hammond (USA), Kate Mellor (U.K.), Anne Arden McDonald (USA), Philippe Pache (Switzerland), Orville Robertson (USA), Adrienne Veninger (USA), Frederic Weber (USA), Frank Yamrus (USA)

Pentti Sammalahti
Curator: Wendy Watriss and Frederick Baldwin

Five South African Artists
Curator: Linda Givon, Director, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
Eugenio Valdez, Ludwig Foundation, Havana
Artists: William Kentridge, Pat Mautloa, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Penny Siopsis, Sue Williamson

Infusion, L'ubo Stacho
Curators: Wendy Watriss, Artist Director, FotoFest
Lucia Benicka, Director, Tatranska Galerie, House of Photography

Kate Mellor. TR 300395. Shakespeare Cliff, Dover, 1997. No.1, From the series Island: The Sea Front. Discoveries of the Meeting Place. Enlarge this photo
White Lights, Harry Gruyaert
Curator: Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest

Spirits and Constructions
Curator: Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest
Artists: Karthleen Campbell, Vicki Ragan, Charles Biasiny Rivera

Between Past and Present, Contemporary Italian Photography and the New Landscape Experience
Curator: Martino Marangoni
Artists: Olivo Barbieri, Gabriele Basilico, Vincenzo Castella, Luigi Ghirri, Guido Guidi

The Memory of a City, Lima, Peru, The Photography Studio of Eugene (Eugenio) Courret 1863-1935
Curator: Jorge Deustua, Independent Curator, Lima, Peru

Danny Tisdale, An Artist For a Change (with Project Row Houses)
Curators: Danny Tisdale, Wendy Watriss
Rick Lowe, Curator and Founder, Project Row Houses

Eustáquio Neves
Curator: Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest

Re-Imagining Vietnam (with Houston Community College)
Curator: Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest
Artists: Craig Barber, An-My Le, Timothy Karr, Abby Robinson
Pentti Sammalahti. Solovki, White Sea, Russia, 1992. From the portfolio The Russian Way, 1996 Enlarge this photo

Stephen Marc, Soul Searching/Digital Montage Series (with Community Artists Collective)

Portraits and Fashion, The Archives of Milton Greene

The Fotofence, Literacy Through Photography

Symposia
In May 1998, FotoFest sponsored the series of events Houston: Cultural Arts in The City in conjunction with the opening of Sesquicentennial Park Phase II. The Sesquicentennial Park honors 150 years of Texas statehood. The events were organized to be a catalyst in broadening public perception about the role of the arts in urban life. Dr. Alberta Arthurs, former director of Arts and Humanities for The Rockefeller Foundation, gave a public presentation Looking To The Future, A National Overview on the arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Following the public presentation, special gatherings were organized for public officials, civic leaders, private founders and arts organizations. FotoFest also organized a public walking tour of the Park with the park's architect, and presented a public panel on The Impact of Public Art on the Urban Landscape at the Alley Theater.


Performances
Parachutes, Performances/Installation
Curator: Johannes Birringer, Choreographer and Founder, AlienNation Co.

The Meeting Place
Eight-day portfolio review program for 120 artists with 80 international curators

Lectures
Re-Imagining Vietnam - Abby Robinson and Bui Xuan Huy
Current Mexican Photography
Insight/On Site, Houston Coalition for the Visual Arts
Eustáquio Neves. Untitled, From the series The Urban Chaos, 1998. Enlarge this photo
Looking At Art, Mexican artists and curators; Wendy Watriss
Gary Hill

FotoFest 1998 Catalogue
Color festival catalogue and curatorial essay, Wendy Watriss, Editor
David Lerch and Pennebaker LMC, Designers

FotoFest 1998 International Fine Print Auction
111 artists donated photos for the FotoFest 1998 Fine print Auction. Denise Bethel, Director of Sotheby's Photographs Department was again the auctioneer. The auction took place at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University on March 4, 1998.

Book Publication
Image and Memory, Photography from Latin America 1866-1994 (University of Texas Press, 1998)
Editor and Project Director: Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest
Co-Editor: Lois Parkinson Zamora, Professor, Comparative Literature, University of Houston
Awards: American Publishers Association, Golden Light Award for Best Photo Book of the Year, Maine Photographic Workshops
Oracle

Traveling Exhibitions
Altered Worlds, Contemporary Slovak Staged Photography
Looking at the 90's, Four Views of Current Mexican Photography
Kurdistan, In the Shadow of History

Special Exhibition
Blurred Boundaries, mixed media exhibition and performance
Project Director: Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, FotoFest
Exhibition Curator: Debbie Riddle, Artist, Houston
Performance Director: Johannes Birringer, Artist and Founder, AlienNation Co., Houston

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