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>> Exhibits and Events 2008 - 2009

March 12 – April 25, 2010


FotoFest 2010 Biennial
Contemporary U.S. Photography

For the 2010 Biennial’s four principal exhibitions dedicated to Contemporary U.S. Photography, FotoFest invited five curators to put together the exhibitions.

Whatever was Splendid: New American Photographs
Curated by Aaron Schuman, SeeSaw Magazine, U.K.

Assembly: Eight Emerging Photograhers
from Southern California

Curated by the Curatorial Team of the Wallis Annenberg Center for Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Road to Nowhere?
Curated by Natasha Egan, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago

Medianation: Performing for the Screen
Curated by Gilbert Vicario, Des Moines Art Center, IA

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September 23 – October 10, 2010


The Collector's Eye: Peers
From the Collection of Fernando Castro
Pedro Meyer, Manuel Alvarez Bravo and his good reputation sleeping, Mexico, 1974/2000

The Collector’s Eye: Peers was a new exhibit created from the photographic collection of Fernando Castro, photographer, critic, and curator. The exhibit featured conceptual and surrealist work from 39 artists from Latin America, Europe and the United States.

From established masters to younger and emerging artists, Mr. Castro’s collection is an eclectic record of the personal and professional relationships he has forged over the past three decades as a philosopher, poet, photographer, and teacher. “I am not an art collector in the traditional sense,” says Mr. Castro. “My collection is an artist’s collection – the result of gifts between friends and trades amongst colleagues. These are my friends and my peers.”

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October 21, 2010 - December 11, 2010


B-Sides: A Dialogue with Contemporary U.S. Photography
Nic Nicosia, Untitled (dirt target), 2008
Courtesy of the artist and Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas

The eight artists exhibited in B-Sides explore themes fundamentally tied to the current state of affairs in the U.S. They each bring to the exhibit vastly different ways of working with conceptual photography, from staged and conceptual still imagery to animation, performative and appropriated video. They address technology, the American political process, grief and loss, identity, growth and youth culture.

“The works in this exhibition are new or have not been widely seen,” says curator Jennifer Ward, FotoFest Exhibitions Coordinator. “The exhibition’s title refers to the reverse, or ‘B-Side’ of a vinyl record – the side that typically contained additional, often complementary music tracks. B-Sides was envisioned as a way to show other, interesting bodies of work that inform, complement or contrast with what audiences may have previously seen from of these artists’ work.”

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January 13 - February 25, 2011


A Matter of Wit
Gilbert Garcin, Miro Švolík, Colin Blakely

Curated by Wendy Watriss, FotoFest Co-founder and Senior Curator
Gilbert Garcin, The Collector, 2004

A MATTER OF WIT features three international artists with a talent for humor and visual puns. Smart, cheeky and wry, the artists - who span three generations and two continents - have diverse approaches to their work.

Visual paradox and staged fantasy are the most difficult things to do successfully in photography, but this is just what these artists do so well, says the exhibit's curator Wendy Watriss, FotoFest Artistic Director and Senior Curator.

A MATTER OF WIT is the first large-scale U.S. exhibition of French artist Gilbert Garcin, alongside the work of one of Prague’s heralded masters of staged photography, Miro Švolík, and U.S. artist Colin Blakely, whose whimsical images make humorous commentary on everyday life.

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March 10 - April 23, 2011


Nowhere Near Here: New Photographic Work by Texas Artists
Presented by FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography

Curated by Toby Kamps and Michelle White, The Menil Collection

Santiago Forero, Self-Portrait, from the series A Story About Gnomes, 2009 Courtesy of the artist    

From the Talent in Texas Exhibition Series

Chris Akin (Houston, TX)
Adam Boley (Georgetown, TX)
Logan Caldbeck (Marfa, TX)
Santiago Forero (Austin, TX / Bogotá, Colombia)
Mimi Kato (San Antonio, TX / Nara, Japan)
Ivete Lucas and Otis Ike (Austin, TX)
Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Austin, TX)
Nancy Newberry (Dallas, TX)
Mike Osborne (Austin, TX)
Walker Pickering (Austin, TX)
David Politzer (Houston, TX)
Kelly Sears (Houston, TX)
Clarissa Tossin (Houston, TX)

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June 6 - September 2, 2011


Benjamín de la Calle (1869-1934, Colombia)
Carlos Alberto Suárez, San Sebastían, Cauca, Medellín Colombia, 1906

Faces of History - Latin America
Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru

Faces of History – Latin America highlights important late 19th and early 20th Century photographers from five Latin American countries.

Their works are a profile of change – the mass availability of photography as an instrument for personal portraiture and collective communication and the emergence of new social classes created by the industrial growth of the late 1800s and early 1900s in Latin America.

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August 29 - September 2, 2011


Portfolio Review Russia

The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, the Iris Foundation and RIA Novosti, in partnership with FotoFest International, announce the first international portfolio review for photographic artists in Russia.

Two hundred Russian photographers from all over the country will have the opportunity to meet and show their work to 50 leading international and Russian museum curators, publishers, editors, photography collectors, heads of photo agencies and galleries.

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October - December 2011


HOUSTON 175: People
Presented by FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography

Lynn Lane Courtney JonesPortrait #1, (Modern Dancer), 2009

Working with Mayor Annise Parker and her staff, a group of Houston non-profit organizations have come together to celebrate Houston's 175th birthday.

FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography have curated an exhibition of 15 photographers who have focused on the diverse communities of Houston.

Chuy Benitez
Gay Block
Shelly Calton 
Scott Dalton
Ben DeSoto
Phyllis Hand 
Earlie Hudnal
Lynn Lane
Jim Olive 
Suzanne Paul
Soody Sharifi
Evin Thayer
Lou Vest
Frank White
Geoff Winningham

October 27 - December 22, 2011


International Discoveries III

Francesco Giusti, Fidele, Member of the SAPE (Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes) [Society of Elegant People], Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo, May 2009

Featuring the work of 12 international artists from eight countries and the United States, the exhibition is the third in a series created by FotoFest to showcase outstanding new contemporary talent discovered by FotoFest’s curators at photography events across the world.

Julia Curtain (U.K.)
José Diniz (Brazil)
Francesco Giusti (Italy) 
Kyu Ho Kim (Korea)
Marcia Michael (U.K.)
Liliana Molero (Uruguay) 
Louie Palu (U.S.)
Dana Popa (Romania)
Jamey Stillings
Lorena Guillen Vaschetti (Argentina)
Oleg Videnin (Russia)
Ryu Tae Yeol (Korea)

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November 7-9, 2011


Lens Culture FotoFest Paris Portfolio Review 2011
with Spéos Photographic Institute

The second edition of the Paris Portfolio Review. The 2011 portfolio review occured the same week as Paris Photo.

Hosted at the Spéos Paris Photographic Institute, Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2011 brought together 40 international photography experts with spaces for140 photographers

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