Contemporary Arts Center
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center
for Contemporary Art
44 E. 6th Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Cameron Granger: The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Heaven

Poignant meditations on Black history, community, and love

30 September

02 April

Exhibition Highlights

Exhibition Details

For his solo project at the CAC, Ohio-based artist and filmmaker Cameron Granger develops a new iteration of The Line (2021) for the CAC lobby that draws from his personal biography as a Black man raised by his mother and grandmother in Ohio. By juxtaposing live-action scenes, autobiographical texts, and found footage, Granger’s videos and installations weave stories that complicate accepted interpretations of the past and present. His works thus offer poignant meditations on Black history and culture, highlighting not only the systems of racial inequity that target and police Blackness, but the communities that continue to thrive, persist, and most importantly, demonstrate love.

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The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Heaven is part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial.

About the Biennial

The 2022 FotoFocus Biennial, now in its sixth iteration, activates over 100 projects at museums, galleries, universities, and public spaces throughout Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio in October 2022. Each Biennial is structured around a unifying theme; for 2022 that theme, World Record, considers photography’s extensive record of life on earth while exploring humankind’s impact on the natural world.

FotoFocus welcomes global artists, curators, critics, educators, and regional visitors to Cincinnati with exhibitions, talks, performances, screenings, and panel discussions during an expanded week of programming, September 29–October 8, 2022.

About the Artist

Cameron Granger (b. Cleveland, OH) is an artist based in Columbus, OH. He received his BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design (2016) and was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2017). Granger uses his videos and installations as sites for memory making and as means to strategize new ways of remembrance. His works have been included in several exhibitions in Columbus, OH, including No Place Gallery (2017), Roy G. Biv Gallery (2018), and the Columbus Museum of Art (2019). He also organized “The Get Free Telethon,” a 24-hour livestream community fundraiser sponsored by Red Bull Arts, New York (2020). Other recent national and international projects include Pearl, a body of collaborative works with his mother at Ctrl+Shft, Oakland (2018) and A library, for you, a traveling community library most recently housed at ikattha project space, Bombay, India (2019). He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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This project is curated by CAC Assistant Curator Stephanie Kang.

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