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Fotofest Discoveries: Contemporary Photography from 15 International Artists

July 21, 2013 - October 6, 2013

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Allen Center
500 Dallas Street
Houston, TX 77002

July 12 – September 27, 2013
Monday – Friday, 7am – 6pm

One Allen Center
500 Dallas St.

Two Allen Center
1200 Smith St.

Three Allen Center
333 Clay St.

1600 Smith Gallery
1600 Smith St.

Houston, Texas 77002

FotoFest and Arts Brookfield announce the newest exhibition in their ongoing collaboration. The FotoFest Discoveries exhibition focuses on a group of young and dynamic contemporary photographers working on five continents – Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America. The featured artists are: Miguel Aragón (Mexico/U.S.), Nils Olav Bøe (Norway), Fernando Di Sisto (Argentina), Kim Tae Dong (Korea), FLORA (France), Patrick Gries (Belgium/France), He Xiao Hua (China), Vlad Krasnoshchok – The SHILO Group (Ukraine), Sergiy Lebedynsky – The SHILO Group (Ukraine/Germany), Vadym Trykoz – The SHILO Group (Ukraine/Austria), Claudia Presentado (Uruguay/Argentina), Marcela Rico (Mexico), Ian Teh (China/U.K.), Suzanne Wellm (Denmark), and Eldar Zeytullaev (Russia).

As a way to foster discovery and engagement by the public, FotoFest is organizing a series of five “Really Short Tours” for the public and tenants of the host buildings and other Downtown properties. The tours, scheduled at the start of the lunch hour, and promised to take no more than 10 minutes, consist of a short discussion of one or two photographs in the exhibition. Each tour will cover different works and takes place in different venues. The “Really Short Tours” are scheduled for: July 18 (One Allen Center); August 1 (Two Allen Center); August 15 (Three Allen Center); August 29 (1600 Smith); and September 5 (1600 Smith).

The work of the French artist FLORA is a poetic and personal tale of journeys across the world told in the delicate tones of old photographic processes. Claudia Presentado shows unusual and emotional close-ups of flowers and trees in gardens. Nils Olav Bøe creates otherworldly narratives with three-dimensional models. Marcela Rico’s photographs of impromptu and improvised performances depict small gestures of smoke and flames in a verdant and pastoral landscape, making a subtle but powerful statement on gang violence in Mexico.

Ian Teh’s panoramas portray the dire beauty of contaminated landscapes in the coal mining regions of China’s Shanxi Province. He Xiao Hua creates ironic and comic commentary on corruption and social perversion in China. Mexican-born Miguel Aragón appropriates newspaper photographs to make a moving commentary on the loss of life in his country’s ongoing drug war.

Eldar Zeytullaev celebrates the skeletal delicacy of flowering plants in a style reminiscent of Karl Blossfeldt. Fernando Di Sisto’s work ventures into the chiaroscuro of modern cities. Suzanne Wellm explores intimate and unusual juxtapositions of the everyday objects of memory and life.