The 2020 theme, light &, explores light and its contrasts in relation to photography and lens-based art, and the world at large. The FotoFocus Biennial will activate museums, galleries, universities, and public spaces throughout Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio in October 2020, with a concentrated week of programming to be held October 1–4, 2020. FotoFocus will welcome global artists, curators, critics, educators, and regional visitors to Cincinnati with exhibitions, talks, performances, screenings, and panel discussions all related to the theme.
Each FotoFocus Biennial is structured around a unifying theme. For 2020, that theme is light &—exploring light and its contrasts in relation to photography and the world at large. Though not perceptive itself, light is the substance that makes objects in the world visible and in color, and capable of being transcribed onto a two-dimensional surface resulting in a photograph or film. Light has many metaphorical nuances—it conjures hope as well as clarity, rational thought, and is central to many popular phrases, such as “see the light of day” and “bring to light”—but ultimately light is the one essential physical property that makes lens-based art possible. FotoFocus will present the Biennial Program, its own curated and guest-curated projects, and support Participating Venue exhibitions and programming that considers light and its myriad meanings.