FotoFest 2014 Biennial To Focus On Contemporary Arab Photographic Art

Khaled Hefez (Egypt), The A77A Project: on Presidents & Superheroes 
(still from video), 2009

The FOTOFEST 2014 BIENNIAL will focus on Contemporary Arab Photographic Art, including video and multi-media installations. The Biennial will showcase more than 40 contemporary Arab artists using photography and related visual media to address a broad range of aesthetic and cultural values impacting Arab culture. The FotoFest 2014 International Biennial takes place March 15 through April 27, 2014, in Houston, Texas.

“The FotoFest 2014 Biennial will present a focused selection of the best contemporary photography, video and photo-based installation art being done by Arab artists in the Middle East and North Africa,” said FotoFest Senior Curator and Artistic Director Wendy Watriss.

“The Biennial will emphasize ideas and subjects important to contemporary Arab artists working with these media.” To realize the Biennial’s Arab exhibitions and programs, FotoFest has commissioned one of the world’s leading experts on contemporary Arab art, Karin Adrian von Roques, as the principal curator. Ms. von Roques has worked for over 20 years in the Middle East with exhibitions and publications on contemporary Arab art.

She is one of the first curators in Europe to have initiated a series of exhibitions strategically aimed at bringing the work of Arab artists to the attention of a broader, international public.

“The FotoFest 2014 Biennial will be the first presentation of contemporary photo-based and video art from the Arab countries to be done in the United States in recent years,” said Ms. von Roques. “We are looking at the work of the most important artists from several Arab countries.”

For more details, read the FOTOFEST 2014 BIENNIAL press release.

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