International Photography Festival Sets 2018 Dates

The 17th biennial event focuses its lens on India.

By Rafa Farihah January 10, 2017

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Like a visually stimulating history class, India will be the focus of FotoFest 2018, the 17th international biennial event of photography and new media March 10–April 22, 2018 in Houston. 

Next year’s event, themed INDIA: Contemporary Photography and New Media Art, will be the first major international photo festival to highlight the world’s largest democracy, as well as the second FotoFest Biennial to feature Asia as its main theme. The six-week event is expected to host around 275,000 visitors, making it the largest and longest running photography festival in the U.S.

Next year’s lead curator will be Delhi-based photographer Sunil Gupta, who travels between the United Kingdom and India regularly to curate exhibitions. Gupta, along with co-curator and executive director Steven Evans, will cumulatively bring in nearly 60 years of experience with contemporary photography.

“I hope the average viewer will leave the show with a more sophisticated understanding about the challenges facing Indians today, those living in India and those living overseas—beyond abject poverty and lavish Bollywood-themed weddings—as well as the ability of Indian artists to deliver an aesthetic product that is in keeping with contemporary critical fine art concerns around the world," says Gupta.

Headquartered at Silver Street Studio in Houston's historic First Ward, FotoFest is a Houston-based non-profit photographic arts and education organization that promotes an international exchange of inspiration through quality photographs. Founded in 1983, FotoFest is known for discovering new artists across the globe with a centric focus on photographs that represent societal issues.

Fotofest 2018 Biennial | INDIA: Contemporary Photography and New Media Art

March 10—April 22, 2018. 2000 Edwards St.

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