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FotoFest 2018 Biennial

Participating Spaces

Sample Catalogue Text

1. Name of Space: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

2. Type of Space: Museum

3. Title of Exhibition: The Will to Architecture

4. Exhibiting Artist(s): Dieter Appelt, Bernd and Hilla Becher, John Brand, Marco Breuer, Andreas Feininger, Carolos Garaicoa, Naoya Hatakeyama, Barbara Kasten, Peter Kettman, László Moholy-Nagy, James Welling and more

5. Sample Essay: [this text (209 words) shared a page with an image]

The Will to Architecture explores the desire of artists to construct architectonic spaces through the medium and technology of photography, as observed in select photographs from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Whereas some of these spaces represent actual built constructions, others made and naturally formed spaces have been selected for their ability to demonstrate what the philosopher and critic Kōjin Karatani has called “the will to architecture,” meaning a part of the human creative drive that is “the foundation of all Western thinking,” including philosophy, natural science, literature, city planning, and architecture. Examples of such images range from series of photographs of building archetypes, to a black and white transparency in a light box highlighting the network of artificial lights of a tower block. The photographs in the exhibition are not “architectural photographs” ̶ photographs of beautifully lit buildings that are often commissioned by an owner or an architect. Instead, these images show how artists have used photography intellectually and metaphysically to project their complex concepts into spaces both specific and universal.

6. Author of Text/Essay: Yasufumi Nakamori, Associate Curator, Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (please add title of author if applicable)

7. Sample Caption Format: Barbara Kasten Untitled (Abstract with Three-dimensional Cube), from L.A. Issues, A Portfolio of Photography from Los Angeles, 1979, Silver Gelatin Print The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Clinton T. Willour on the occasion of the Fifteenth anniversary of the Photography Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston © Barbara Kasten


Narrative paragraph of 5 to 12 sentences, not more than 100 words. Because you are most familiar with your exhibiting artists’ accomplishments, we ask that you create the concise biography. Do NOT send long vita or artists’ resumes. We will have to return them to you for rewriting. Please also include a link to your website, which we can add at the end of each bio.

If an individual curator has been important in organizing the show and you want to credit the curator. Please send biography (follow directions for artist’s biography).



Lori Nix New York-based artist Lori Nix has exhibited her work extensively throughout the United States, with solo exhibitions at CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, New York; M.I.T., Cambridge, Massachusetts; White Columns, New York; and Light Work, Syracuse, New York, among others. Her work has also been included in a long list of group exhibitions in Europe and Canada, and she has been featured in many publications, including Art in America, Popular Photography, The New York Times, and Contact Sheet. Her work is in a number of prestigious collections, such as those of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the George Eastman House Collection, Rochester, New York; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Please note: When writing the biographical paragraph, if you list a gallery or museum also includes the city the gallery or museum is located. When listing a book or publication also include the city (location): publisher, year.

SAMPLE 2– Please note the format to use when listing publications

Geoff Winningham Born in Jackson, Tennessee, in 1943, Geoff Winningham received his B.A. in English from Rice University in Houston and his M.A. in photography from the IIT Institute of Design in Chicago. In his forty-year career, he has lived in Houston, taught photography at Rice University, and produced eight books and three documentary films relating to the culture of Texas and Mexico. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous commissions. His most recent books are Traveling the Shore of the Spanish Sea: The Gulf Coast of Texas and Mexico (College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 2010) and Going Back to Galveston: Nature, Fantasy, and Funk in a Favorite Place (College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 2011)

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