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Pavel Banka (Czech Republic), I Was Too Shy to Speak, 1989

July 30 - October 6, 2012

FotoFest at Allen Center
One Allen Center - 500 Dallas Street
Two Allen Center - 1200 Smith Street
Three Allen Center - 333 Clay Street
Houston,Texas 77002

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 7am - 6pm
or by appointment

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A dynamic and diverse collection of photographs from 20 international contemporary art photographers, Contemporary Photography: Russia, China, Czech & Slovak Republics is a new exhibition by FotoFest in collaboration with Brookfield Office Properties at Allen Center in downtown Houston. The exhibition is on view at One, Two and Three Allen Center, July 30 – October 6, 2012.

The exhibition continues the partnership between FotoFest and Arts Brookfield in Houston. Arts Brookfield, an initiative of Brookfield Office Properties, produces and presents acclaimed visual and performing arts events throughout its North American properties including Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Denver. Brookfield is the largest owner of commercial real estate in downtown Houston.


AES+F (Russia), The King of the Forest, Cycle of Projects,
Le Roi des Aulnes,
2001-2003. Courtesy of Triumph Gallery, Moscow

Qui Zhijie (China), File No. 1, 1997

“Brookfield has a commitment to the arts in the communities in which we do business. We demonstrate our commitment by animating the public spaces of our properties with a dynamic visual and performing arts programs.” says Debra Simon, V.P. of Arts Brookfield. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with FotoFest by presenting this exhibition in our premier properties in downtown Houston.”

FotoFest has programmed Biennial exhibitions at Allen Center since 1988. In 2011, FotoFest began a special partnership with Arts Brookfield to present exhibitions in One, Two and Three Allen Center during the inter-Biennial months between the citywide FotoFest Biennials.

Sergey Bratkov
Oleg Dou
Gregory Maiofis
Anna Skladmann
Olga Tobreluts
Bai Yilluo
Gao Bo
Rong Rong
Qui Zhijie
Wu Jialin
Yao Lu
Zheng Han
Czech and Slovak Republics
Pavel Baňka
Peter Župník
Štěpán Grygar
Miro Švolík


Zeng Han (China), Soul Stealer - Cosplay #18, 2006

Noon at One Allen Center
Tours are informal, free and open to the public.

Thursday, August 9
Thursday, August 30
Thursday, September 20
Thursday, October 4

FotoFest offers free tours for groups of any number and of all ages.
ours may be scheduled during the day, in the evening or on Saturdays.
Arrangements may also be made for refreshments.

Reserve a tour for your group by contacting Jennifer Ward,
or at 713.223.5522 ext 18.


Parking is available at the Allen Center Garage (300 Clay). Metered Street Parking is available on Dallas Street and surrounding streets. Valet parking is available at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 400 Dallas Street. Allen Center may be accessed through the hotel’s Mezzanine level.


Houston Endowment Inc; City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; National Endowment for the Arts; Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Wortham Foundation; Iris Art Foundation; The Cullen Foundation; FotoFest Board of Directors; arts>Brookfield and Brookfield Office Properties; Judith and Gamble Baldwin; Texas Commission on the Arts; Trust for Mutual Understanding; HexaGroup; iLand Internet Solutions; Vine Street Studios; Weingarten Realty; Frazier King.

Special support for the exhibition Contemporary Photography - Russia, China, Czech and Slovak Republics has come from Brookfield Office Properties and Allen Center

Anna Skladman (Russia), Nikita and Alina At The Italian Embassy, 2009 Peter Župník (Slovak Republic), The Cat that would be a Tiger, 1985