Contemporary Arts Center
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center
for Contemporary Art
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Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Images on which to build, 1970s-1990s

Activism, education, and media production in trans, queer, and feminist movements

30 September

12 February

Exhibition Highlights

Exhibition Details

Through photographic documentation of activism, education, and media production within trans, queer, and feminist grassroots organizing of the 1970s through the 1990s, Images on which to build reveals the technologies through which influential image cultures were constructed and circulated. The exhibition presents a range of photographic practices to explore the process of learning within alternative schools, workshops, demonstrations, dance clubs, slideshow presentations, correspondences, and community-based archive projects. Featured artists and collectives include:Diana Solís, Joan E. Biren (JEB), Lola Flash, the Lesbian Herstory Archives, ART+Positive and the Sexual Minorities Archives, among others. The exhibition is co-organized by the Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York, where it will travel in the spring of 2023.

Images on which to build, 1970s-1990s is a curated exhibition for the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record.

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.

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Images on which to build is curated by writer and curator Ariel Goldberg. The exhibition is part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record.

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