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2015 Exhibitions



FOTOFEST  PRESENTS

January 22 - March 7, 2015

FotoFest at Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards Street, Houston, Texas 77007
Khaled Akil, From the series Legend of Death, 2013
 

ARTIST GALLERIES

KHALED AKIL (SYRIA)
CHRIS BARTLETT (USA)
PEDRO DAVID (BRAZIL)
ROBERTO FERNÁNDEZ IBÁÑEZ (URUGUAY)
DO-YEON GWON (KOREA)
JUNGHO JUNG (KOREA)
HANKOO LEE (KOREA)
MARCELA MAGNO (ARGENTINA)
HECTOR RENE MEMBRENO-CANALES (HONDURAS/USA)
HOSANG PARK (KOREA)
SEBASTIÁN SZYD (ARGENTINA)
TANG DESHENG (CHINA)

International Discoveries is about discovery and the launching of important art careers internationally.

International Discoveries V is the fifth in a series of exhibitions and programs presented by FotoFest International in Houston, Texas. Beginning in 2007 and organized between FotoFest Biennials, International Discoveries comprises a series of programs and art events centered around a public exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding photographic artists selected by the FotoFest curatorial team from photography events and artist studio visits in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Canada and the United States.

International Discoveries is about discovery and the launching of important art careers internationally. The exhibition and surrounding programs focus primarily on new and developing work from across the world and the international network of photography events which involve FotoFest. The Festival of Light network, which FotoFest helped initiate in 2000, has a membership of 23 photography festivals from 18 countries across the world.

In addition to the exhibition, FotoFest sponsors artist talks, artist and curator exhibition tours, educational activities in schools, collectors events and portfolio reviews with exhibiting artists. In addition to special exhibition tours for students, artists make presentations of their work in classrooms at Houston-area universities as well as public and private grade schools in the Houston Independent School District and surrounding school districts.

Through its international programming over the past 30 years and participation in photography festivals and commercial fairs around the world, FotoFest makes it possible for artists to have both local and global exposure for their work. With the FotoFest exhibition in Houston, exhibiting artists have access to one of the most important museum photography programs and collections in the United States, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as well as commercial art galleries, universities and community-based photography organizations, such as the Houston Center for Photography. Worldwide, FotoFest disseminates artists’ works in the
International Discoveries exhibition online, through its website and social media, to its exceptionally broad global network of art institutions, curators, art fairs and press.

The
International Discoveries events and exhibition are a major part of FotoFest’s year-round art programming between its large citywide international Biennials. International Discoveries is a key part of FotoFest’s mission – to discover and support artistic talent, strengthen international connections, and create a platform to bring new photographic talent to broader audiences across the world, Houston and the U.S.

International Discoveries V gathers 12 artists from Argentina, Brazil, China, Syria, Honduras, South Korea, Uruguay and the United States for this 2015 edition of the series. They have been ‘discovered’ at the Encuentros Abiertos – Festival of Light 2014; the Daegu Photo Biennale 2014, South Korea; FestFotoPoa in Porto Alegre, Brazil; Canal 5 Creative Campus, Changzhou, China; Photoville, New York; and at Paris Photo.

The works presented in
International Discoveries V display an extraordinary range of ideas and utilization of the photographic medium, from classical realism to conceptual abstraction, from the poetry of landscape to the harsh brutalities of politics and war.

Steven Evans and Wendy Watriss, Curators


Marcela Magno, from the series Land, 2012-2014

EVENTS

Artist Reception
Thursday, January 22, 6-8pm
with artists Pedro David, Do-yeon Gwon, Jungho Jung, Marcela Magno, and TANG Desheng

Saturday Matinee Artist Talk
Saturday, January 24, 2pm
with artists Pedro David, Do-yeon Gwon, Jungho Jung, Marcela Magno, and TANG Desheng

Curator Talk and Tour
Saturday, January 31, 2pm
with curators Steven Evans and Wendy Watriss

Artist Reception
Thursday, February 19, 6-8pm
with artists Chris Bartlett, Roberto Fernández Ibáñez, Hankoo Lee, Hector Rene Membreno-Canales, Hosang Park, and Sebastián Szyd

Saturday Matinee Artist Talk
Saturday, February 19, 2pm
with artists Chris Bartlett, Roberto Fernández Ibáñez, Hankoo Lee, Hector Rene Membreno-Canales, Hosang Park, and Sebastián Szyd

Curator Talk and Tour
Saturday, March 7, 2pm
with curator Steven Evans


Through its international programming over the past 30 years and participation in photography festivals and commercial fairs around the world, FotoFest makes it possible for artists to have both local and global exposure for their work. International Discoveries is a key part of FotoFest’s mission – to discover and support artistic talent, strengthen international connections, and create a platform to bring new photographic talent to broader audiences across the world, Houston and the U.S.
 

Do-yeon Gwon, Traveler Novice 4, from the series Traveler Novice, 2011

INTERNATIONAL DISCOVERIES V EXHIBITION SPONSORS
Nancy Allen; Kenneth Anderson and Andreanne Vachon; Kath and Jorge Blanco; Allen and Jenny Craig; James and Sherry Kempner; Frazier King; Carol Liffman; James Edward Maloney; Joan Morgenstern; Gregory and Lisa Spier; and Eliane Thweatt
FOTOFEST 2014-2015 ART PROGRAMS SEASON SPONSORS
Houston Endowment Inc; City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; National Endowment for the Arts; Texas Commission on the Arts; The Wortham Foundation; FotoFest Board of Directors; Judith and Gamble Baldwin; Robert Gerry III; William and Rosalie Hitchcock; HexaGroup; Houston Public Media; and iLand Internet Solutions; and Silver Street Studios
FOTOFEST ANNUAL APPEAL
Special thanks to supporters of FotoFest’s inaugural Annual Appeal, including lead donors Christiane Olsen; John S. Parsley; Thomas Damsgaard; William E. Joor III; The Chaney Foundation; John E. Parkerson; Gregory and Lisa Spier; A.D. Stuart and Robin Stuart; and the Erla & Harry Zuber Fund
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