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When October 06-09, 2022
Where Hilton Netherland Plaza Downtown Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Keynote Speaker Gina Osterloh, Zora J Murff

This year's theme highlights works concerned with the ebb and flow of social, political, and artistic trends and how these tropes and themes can return with differing focus and intensity. This conference and corresponding exhibitions focus on the incoming swell of ideas, explorations, and concerns of artists within the Midwest and how they see, process, and contextualize the recurrence and reemergence of social, political, and artistic tropes and trends in their own practices. In turn, this conference will serve as an artistic interpretation of world events / records from the perspective of artists from across the Midwest. 

We're truly thrilled to have Zora J Murff and Gina Osterloh as the keynote speakers this year! 

About FotoFocus:

"Founded in 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio, FotoFocus is a nonprofit organization created to celebrate and champion photography as the medium of our time through programming that ignites a dialogue between contemporary lens-based art and the history of photography. FotoFocus presents lens-based signature programming, including the FotoFocus BiennialFotoFocus SymposiumFotoFocus Talks Series, and Film and Video programming. FotoFocus has collaborated with organizations, curators, academics, and artists to present more than 750 exhibitions and programs to provide uniquely enriching access to lens-based art, film, and practices inspired by photography. FotoFocus has awarded over 600 grants to support partners presenting projects and educational programs that are accessible and engaging to the public.

About the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial:

The 2022 FotoFocus Biennial, now in its sixth iteration, activates over 100 projects at museums, galleries, universities, and public spaces throughout Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton, and Columbus, Ohio in October 2022. Each Biennial is structured around a unifying theme; for 2022 that theme, World Record, considers photography's extensive record of life on earth while exploring humankind's impact on the natural world. FotoFocus welcomes global artists, curators, critics, educators, and regional visitors to Cincinnati with exhibitions, talks, performances, screenings, and panel discussions during an expanded week of programming, September 29–October 8, 2022.  

Hotel Information: 

Hilton Netherland Plaza Downtown Cincinnati

35 West Fifth Street 
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone: 1-513-421-9100

Use the link HERE to book your room at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Downtown Cincinnati! 

** When booking your room at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Downtown Cincinnati online, if you are not given the SPE rate select the "Special Rates" button and use Group Code "SPE" to book your room for the conference rate. You can use the same code if you are booking over the phone as well.

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