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FotoFest 2014 Biennial

"One of the world's biggest photographic gatherings turned its lens on the Arab World"

- Simon Bowcock, Harper's Bazaar Art Arabia, 05.2014

" opportunity to deepen understanding and spark dialogue " - Benjamin Sutton, ArtInfo, 12.2013

"...a timely and extensive view of art production in the region"- Lilly Wei, Art in America, 04.2014


Artist Samer Mohdad (Lebanon) leads a tour of his exhibit at the FotoFest 2014 Biennial

The FotoFest 2014 Biennial, is the 15th International Biennial presented in Houston. The Biennial is the longest-running international photographic festival in the United States.

The 2014 Biennial Arab exhibition, VIEW FROM INSIDE, was described as one of the largest presentations to date of contemporary Arab photography and mixed media art.

275,000 people
from 43 countries

attended or participated in 2014 Biennial programs in Houston, Texas over the course of the Festival's six weeks

123 million people

were reached by editorial media coverage of the FotoFest Biennial (online, print, radio and TV) in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Canada and the United States

1,159 artists

participated and exhibited in the Biennial. They came from 40 countries and 37 U.S. states.

$430,000 in Auction revenues

was raised at FotoFest's 2014 international Fine Print Auction - a record amount. Artists from

Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Canada and the U.S. donated prints. Sotheby's Senior Vice President, Head of Department of Photographs, Denise Bethel, led the Auction. Three hundred and eighty people attended the Auction and all works sold.

130 art and civic spaces

across Houston, Harris County, Galveston, Sugar Land, Katy, Kingwood, and surrounding communities participated in the Biennial. They presented over 100 events in addition to their own exhibitions.

200 events

were produced by FotoFest and Participating Spaces alongside exhibitions over the Festival's six-week schedule.

"FotoFest 2014 presented a diverse and historically significant program exploring alternative and often unofficial cultural histories from the Arab World."

- Steven Stapleton, Director, Edge of Arabia, London, UK

49 leading Arab artists

were featured in FotoFest's main Arab exhibition, VIEW FROM INSIDE. Seventeen

of the exhibiting Arab artists and twenty-five Arab curators, art critics, scholars, and gallery owners attended the Biennial in Houston. FotoFest, with Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, published an accompanying book which is available internationally.

Arab programs included films, concerts, poetry readings, concerts, artist talks, conferences on Arab culture.

19 schools

have used the new Arab curriculum, designed by FotoFest's Literacy Through Photography in-school education program, to engage with the cultures and history of the Middle East and North Africa


$1.5 million in revenue was generated for businesses in the City of Houston by Biennial participants and guests. Over 3,700 hotel room nights were booked.

Vinod Hopson, FotoFest Press
713.223.5522 ext 26 |

The Brown Foundation Inc.; The Cullen Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; JP Morgan Chase Foundation; The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; Houston Endowment, Inc.; Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Houston Downtown; The Wortham Foundation; FotoFest Board of Directors; Judith and Gamble Baldwin; Mary Lawrence Porter; Texas Commission on the Arts; Sidley & Austin LLP; Salient Partners; Chris Olsen; HexaGroup; iLand Internet Solutions; The Deal Company; Brookfield Office Properties; Williams Tower Gallery

Special support for the FotoFest 2014 Biennial Catalogue and the FotoFest Book on contemporary Arab photo-related art is provided by The Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation in Houston.

ART JAMEEL - Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (Lead Sponsor); Middle East Trading Inc.; Ayyam Gallery (Dubai/London); Athr Gallery (Jeddah) ; The Levant Foundation (Houston); Edge of Arabia (London); The Crane Foundation (Houston); Tamer (SA’AID & The Community); Berloni Gallery (London); Nijad and Zeina Fares (Houston)

Athr Gallery (Jeddah); ArteEast (New York); Edge of Arabia (London); Ayyam Gallery (Dubai/London); Contemporary Practices, Visual Arts from the Middle East; Arab Cultural and Community Center of Houston; Arab-American Educational Foundation (Houston); Inprint (Houston); Menil Collection (Houston); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Rice University (Houston); Rothko Chapel (Houston); and Aperio, Music of the Americas (Houston).

MEDIA PARTNER - ARAB PROGRAMS - Contemporary Practices – Visual Art from the Middle East

MEDIA PARTNERS - GENERAL BIENNIAL - Art in America; European Photography; Houston Public Media



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