The largest photography and lens-based biennial in America, FotoFocus is in a category of its own. In 2018, more than 200 artists, curators, and educators are collaborating with FotoFocus—as curator and supporter—to present photography and lens-based art across 70 museums and galleries in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Dayton and Columbus, Ohio.

Each FotoFocus Biennial is structured around a unifying theme. For 2018, that theme is Open Archive—an exploration of how we organize and care for the unruly abundance inherent in lens-based art.

This question is considered in myriad ways. There’s Paris to New York, a query of the encounter between young American photographer Berenice Abbott and elderly French photographer Eugène Atget, and the transatlantic documentation their work provides. There’s contemporary artist Chris Engman’s, utilization of the camera to build fake landscapes, presented in dialogue with 20 other artists manipulating the photographic medium including  Jimmy Baker, John Houck, Robert Rauschenberg, and Sigrid Viir. Then there are new works from Swedish painter Mamma Andersson, highlighting her photographic archive that’s referenced on canvas. Because for FotoFocus, photography and film are the essential mediums of our time—and they are, intrinsically, neither static nor sequestered from the more encompassing trajectory of art.

The 2018 FotoFocus Biennial Program, which runs October 4–7, constitutes the core of the Biennial, establishing the theme and dialogues which unite the broader programming. There will be talks and performances, screenings and intimate receptions with exceptional artists and curators.

FotoFocus Biennial shows across 70 Participating Venues span the entire month of October, with several opening earlier and many remaining on view into 2019. And for the first time, FotoFocus-curated exhibitions will fill the entire Contemporary Arts Center.

The photographic archive is massive, and FotoFocus is not shying away from its scope—just take a look at the list below.

Read the complete Press Release here: FotoFocus Announces Fourth Edition of Largest Photography and Lens-Based Biennial in America

FotoFocus Biennial Participants

Berenice Abbott, Derrick Adams, Helen Adams, Sharee Allen, Mamma Andersson, Diane Arbus, Joel Armor, Lindsey Armor, Chris Ashwell, Eugène Atget, Jimmy Baker, Miranda Barnes, Karl Blossfeldt, Jymi Bolden, Liu Bolin, Valerie Bower, Francis Bruguière, Da’Mon Bulter, Harry Callahan, Chase Public, Clément Chéroux, Chivas Clem, Teju Cole, Nancy Ford Cones, Courttney Cooper, Renée Cox, Janet Creekmore, Stacey Dolen, Brain Dooley, Matt Eich, Chris Engman, Tracy Fitch, Bob Flischel, Forealism Tribe, Maureen France, Robert Frank, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Rebecca Freimuth, Tom Friedman, Emily Funk, Kelly Gallagher, Ron Geibert, Linda Gillings, Hans Gindlesberger, Juan-Si González, Eliza Gregory, Melvin Grier, Tina Gutierrez, Rebecca Hackemann, Ren Hang, Lyle Ashton Harris, Amy Hayden, Robert Heinecken, Jane Ruwet Hobson, Andrew Hostick, John Houck, Whitney Hubbs, Wing Young Huie, I.Kline, Vijay Iyer, Mike Jacobs, Chris Johnson, Louis Joyner, Isaac Julien, Miranda July, Ainsley Kellar, Joshua Kessler, Drew Klein, Paul Kohl, Kent Krugh, Deana Lawson, Jason Lazarus, Okkyung Lee, Deogracias Lerma, Sol LeWitt, Jen Liu, Goshka Macuga, Rick Mallette, Christian Marclay, Steven Matijcio, Michael Mergen, Marilyn Minter, Emily Hanako Momohara, Peter Moore, David Muench, Zanele Muholi, Laurel Nakadate, Ben Jason Neal, Kevin O’Meara, Migiwa Orimo, Nathan Pearce, Irving Penn, Larry Plytlinski, Chen Qiulin, Robert Rauschenberg, Jake Reinhart, Michael Reynolds, Ron Rice, Jens Rosenkrantz, Marci Rosin, Thomas Ruff, Chrystal Scanlon, Brett Schieszer, Ann Segal, Malick Sidibé, Xaviera Simmons, Kamal Sinclair, Bayete Ross Smith, Brad Smith, RJ Smith, Sheida Soleimani, John Stezaker, Ulrike Meyer Stump, Braxton Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Michael Tittel, Gemma-Rose Turnbull, Jon Valin, Jason Vaughn, Sigrid Viir, Carolyn Wagner, Gillian Wearing, Carrie Mae Weems, Chen Wei, John Wesley, Joel Whitaker, John Williams, Michael Wilson, J. Miles Wolf, C. Jacqueline Wood, Allen Woods, David Yarrow, Akram Zaatari