Tuesday, 3 November 2009

International Discoveries II

If you happened to be in Houston during the next six/seven weeks, drop in by Fotofest to see the International Discoveries II exhibition. Press release attached.

I will be there for the opening and an artist talk on the 7th. See their website for details.

I have been so busy in the pass few weeks, I have completely neglected my blog. I shall hopefully be posting a few more posts after I return from the States. Lots of things in the pipeline.

International Discoveries II

November 5 - December 19, 2009

Houston, Texas


1113 Vine Street, Houston, Texas, USA

Wei Bi, Untitled, 2004

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 - Spirit money for the souls of the deceased. Parisian children at a masquerade party. Japanese pine forests. Suburbs in northern Mexico. Memories of a Chinese prison. These are part of International Discoveries II, a new exhibit being unveiled by FotoFest in Houston, Texas.

International Discoveries II is the second exhibition in a series created by FotoFest in 2007 to showcase new contemporary talent discovered by FotoFest curatorial staff at photography events across the world. International Discoveries II opens November 5, 2009, 6 - 9pm at FotoFest, 1113 Vine Street in Houston, Texas. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday noon – 5pm.

“Against the currents of instant replay and digital animations, International Discoveries gives voice to the complexities of still time and the beauty of the paper-based print,” says FotoFest’s lead curator Wendy Watriss. “It focuses our attention on the single image, an object or a single moment in life.”

Nine artists from four continents are featured in the exhibition: Wei Bi (China); Alejandro Cartegena (Mexico); Minstrel Kuik Ching Chieh (Malaysia and France); Christine Laptuta (Canada and the United States); Rizwan Mizra (United Kingdom); Vee Speers (Australia and France); Kurt Tong (United Kingdom and China); Takeshi Shikama (Japan); Mimi Youn (United Kingdom and Korea).

International Discoveries II reflects a simultaneous turning to the past and the future, which characterizes so much of contemporary photo-based art. The prints in the exhibit display the delicate formalism of 19th century palladium and platinum printing, the intimacy of the mid-20th century Polaroid process, and 21st century large-format inkjet technology.

These works are marked by a contemporary hybridism of form and content, mixing the modern technologies and social realities of industrial societies with the spirituality and sensibilities of more traditional cultures.

“The discovery and presentation of these artists is made possible by the recent emergence of photographic gatherings throughout the world and the current interconnections between international photography festivals, Biennials and commercial art fairs.” says Fred Baldwin, FotoFest Co-founder.

“The works in this exhibition have been selected over the past 15 months from photography events and portfolio reviews in Singapore (Singapore International Photography Festival, 2008); Daegu, Korea (Daegu Photo Biennal2008); Birmingham, England (Rhubarb-Rhubarb) ; Guangzhou, China (Guangzhou 2009 Photo Biennial); Paris, France (Paris Photo); Portland, Oregon (Photo Lucida); Mexico City, Mexico ( XII FotoBienial).”

Since its founding in 1983, FotoFest has been a leader in international exchange. In 2000, FotoFest was a principal force in the formation of the international Festival of Light (festivaloflight.net) network, uniting 22 festivals around the world from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Odense, Denmark, Montreal, Canada and Moscow, Russia. FotoFest’s well-known Meeting Place portfolio review for artists has been replicated by events in 20 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia. The International Discoveries series is a product of these international interconnections and collaborations between festivals.

International Discoveries II is on view at FotoFest, 1113 Vine Street, Houston, Texas 77002,

Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday noon-5pm. Admission to FotoFest exhibitions is free.

For more information on FotoFest Exhibitions and other programs, please visit www.fotofest.org.

For further information, interviews and visuals, please contact:

Vinod Hopson, FotoFest Press Officer, T: 713.223.5522 ext 26, E: press3@fotofest.org