Support for this FotoFocus Biennial 2018 exhibition was provided by FotoFocus.
FotoFocus Biennial 2018 spans 70 museums and galleries across Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio, featuring over 200 artists, curators, and educators.
Commonly defined as an accumulation of records or the place they are located archives contain primary source documents that have accumulated over the course of a particular span of time, and are kept (or presented) to show the function or history of a particular person, idea, or phenomena. This competitive exhibit calls for photo and lens-based works which address this theme in some way.
ARCHIVE [photo] invites artists to consider the meaning of the concepts 'primary source, preservation, collective data, accumulation, time, history, reflection, and so on,' as they consider the wide variability of potential for works fitting into or addressing the overarching theme. These may be in ways that are quite straightforward, or which are abstract, fragmented, or in other ways surprising or significantly interpreted. We are eager to see just how artists make work in any photo or lens-based media or genre which in some way addresses the theme of ARCHIVE.