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EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
2008-2009

In addition to its well-known photographic Biennials, FotoFest does year-round art and educational programming. For FotoFest's year-round student education program, Literacy Through Photography,
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September 5 – October 18, 2008

 
Eileen Maxson

Mechanical Perceptions
Presented by The School of Art at the University of Houston and FotoFest

Mechanical Perceptions is a multi-media exhibition by alumni from the University of Houston Photo/Digital Media Department, featuring the work of Mei-Mei Liem, Eileen Maxson, Brian Piana, Soody Sharifi, and Anderson Wrangle.

Mechanical Perception is curated by Stephan Hillerbrand, University of Houston Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Photography/Digital Media Program, Toby Kamps, Senior Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, and Ariane Roesch, artist and alumna. The artists were selected from a list of graduates nominated by Houston Area curators and current and past University of Houston professors.

FotoFest is collaborating with the University of Houston School of art in presenting this exhibition.

Saturday Matinee Artist Talks - Free talks at FotoFest Headquarters
September 6, 2pm:
Eileen Maxson and Anderson Wrangle
October 4, 2pm: Soody Sharifi and Brian Piana

This exhibition is presented due to the generosity of the Houston Arts Alliance, the School of Art at the University of Houston, and FotoFest.
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November 6, 2008 – January 10, 2009

 

Viewfinder: New Images by Texas Artists
From the Talent in Texas Exhibition Series
Presented by FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography (HCP)

Ben Aqua

The Talent in Texas series focuses on photo-related works by artists living and working in Texas. The exhibition features 12-15 artists. The organizations have commissioned Arturo Palacios (Director, Art Palace, Austin) and Risa Puleo (Assistant Curator of American and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin) to co-curate this new exhibition, the third in a series. The 2008-2009 Talent in Texas exhibition is a collaboration between FotoFest and HCP. The exhibition will span both spaces.

Viewfinder explores the wide scope of photographic art practice today from traditional film-based still photography to video and installation work. Featured artists are: Ben Aqua (Austin); Rebecca S. Carter (Dallas); Piotr Chizinski (Lubbock); Beau Comeaux (Dallas); Emilie Duval (Beaumont); Robin Germany (Slaton); Buster Graybill (Huntsville); Anna Krachey (Austin); Ivan Lozano (Austin); Lupita Murillo Tinnen (Fort Worth); Justin Parr (San Antonio); Zeque Peña (El Paso); Eduardo Garcia (Laredo); Ansen Seale (San Antonio) and David Waddell (Houston). The work explores themes that are both personal and universal; that are local and international.

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February 5 – April 25, 2009

 

New Visualism
Abstractions in photography by Štěpán Grygar and Fernando La Rosa
curated by Wendy Watriss, FotoFest Co-founder and Artistic Director

Štěpán Grygar, Untitled (Mala Strana, Prague), 1997

FotoFest Artistic Director Wendy Watriss curates this exhibition of contemporary Black & White photographs from two international masters. Štěpán Grygar (Czech Republic) and Fernando La Rosa (Peru) record everyday scenes in unexpected ways that transform these most ordinary objects in wholly unexpected ways.The works are studied and contemplative with a surprising amount of humor and playfulness.

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May 11 – 20, 2009

 

FotoFence 2009
The annual year-end exhibition of writing and photography from FotoFest’s school-based education program Literacy Through Photography (LTP)

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September 10 – October 24, 2009

 

Curtis Mann, Collective Thought, 2007

POKE!Artists and Online Social Media
curated by Jennifer Ward, FotoFest Exhibitions Coordinator and Associate Curator

The increasingly pervasive, user-created content of online social media – tweets, confessional video, status updates, online gaming - are these subjects for art? In online parlance a poke is a virtual gesture intended as interaction without any specific purpose, usually interpreted as “hello.” POKE! is also a FotoFest exhibition featuring eight technologically savvy artists who explore online social media and its evolving relationship with the public, the media, and art.

POKE! explored the inter-personal intentions of social media technology and the nature of modern internet-mediated relationships with work that references and uses source material from popular online social media websites such as Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Craigslist, and YouTube.

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November 5 – December 19, 2009

 

International Discoveries II
Outstanding work from Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada and the United States
Wei Bi, Untitled, 2007

Nine artists from four continents were featured in the exhibition:
Alejandro Cartagena (Mexico)
Minstrel Kuik Ching Chieh (Malaysia and France)
Christine Laptuta (Canada and the United States)
Rizwan Mirza (United Kingdom)
Vee Speers (Australia and France)
Kurt Tong (United Kingdom and China)
Takeshi Shikama (Japan)
MiMi Youn (United Kingdom and Korea)
Wei Bi (China)

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For more information on older exhibitions and events please see the FotoFest Archive.