Exhibition Project Application for 2024 FotoFocus Biennial Participating Venues
FotoFocus is excited to announce Participating Venue Applications are now available for the 2024 FotoFocus Biennial. Proposed projects must have a confirmed venue during October 2024.
There are two separate categories for FotoFocus Biennial Participating Venue Applications: Exhibition Project and Short-term Project. Participating Venues are considered for inclusion in the FotoFocus Biennial based on an application that demonstrates artistic merit and excellence, is in alignment with the FotoFocus mission, responds to the 2024 FotoFocus Biennial theme, and adheres to these Participating Venue Guidelines.
Projects must include photography, film, or lens-based art for consideration. Venues must be located within the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio regions to be eligible.
This Participating Venue Application is for museums, galleries, universities, and non-traditional spaces that reside within the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio regions that want to propose an Exhibition/Project to be a Participating Venue for the 2024 FotoFocus Biennial.
If your proposal is a film program or screening, performance, pop-up, site-specific project, or non-traditional project format, please apply through the Short-term Project Application. Short-term Projects should be on view for a minimum of three days in the month of October, and not exclusively during the FotoFocus Biennial Opening Program (Thursday, September 26 through Saturday, September 28, 2024).
By completing the 2024 Participating Venue Application, Applicant agrees to:
Respond to the 2024 FotoFocus Biennial theme: backstories
Promote the 2024 FotoFocus Biennial on site at venue, in social media, on website, and in all promotional and educational materials related to the FotoFocus Biennial Exhibition/Project. Promo Guidelines will be provided by FotoFocus at a later date
Include educational and/or community engagement initiatives as part of the proposed programming
Include free and open exhibition hours for FotoFocus Passport Holders during the month of October 2024. Venue should offer a selection of weekdays and weekend-days throughout the month
Exhibition Projects should be on view for a minimum of two weeks during the month of October
Include examples of artist(s) work for the proposed Exhibition/Project
Follow guidelines set forth for FotoFocus and Biennial brand and logo usage. Promo Guidelines will be provided by FotoFocus at a later date
NOT host educational and/or community engagement events, including receptions, related to the FotoFocus Biennial (other than exhibition hours) during the restricted day of the FotoFocus Opening Program, Saturday, September 28, 2024
Complete a final report following the closing of the Exhibition/Project, which will include attendance figures, as well as venue and visitor feedback. Report will be provided by FotoFocus at a later date
Timeline & Deadlines
PHASE ONE: APPLICATION
Official Application Submission Deadline: September 15, 2023
Applications must be submitted by Friday, September 15, 2023, to ensure consideration for inclusion and funding as a 2024 FotoFocus Biennial Participating Venue.
Letters & Contracts Notification: December 2023
Applicants will receive notifications and contracts, if accepted, starting in December. A copy of the contract is to be signed and returned to FotoFocus by Monday, December 18, 2023.
PHASE TWO: MARKETING FORM
Venue Marketing Form Deadline: March 1, 2024
All confirmed 2024 FotoFocus Biennial Participating Venues will need to submit promotional materials for inclusion in the Biennial website and printed materials by Friday, March 1, 2024. This Marketing Form will request promo materials such as, but not limited to, final Exhibition/Project start and end date, Exhibition/Project description, gallery hours, and promotional images with appropriate captions/credits. All specifications for the Marketing Form, as well as FotoFocus brand and logo guidelines, will be included in future correspondence from FotoFocus.
PHASE THREE: EDUCATIONAL AND/OR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS FORM
Educational and/or Community Engagement Events Form Deadline: August 2024
The Educational and/or Community Engagement Events Form will request final Educational and/or Community Engagement Event details, including opening and closing receptions, related to Venue's accepted 2024 FotoFocus Biennial Exhibition/Project. Each accepted Exhibition/Project MUST have an Educational and/or Community Engagement Event offered during the run of the Exhibition/Project. Educational and/or Community Engagement Events can coincide with receptions. Educational and/or Community Engagement Events, including receptions, CANNOT take place Saturday, September 28, 2024.
Select funding is available for Participating Venues that fulfill the criteria, but not all venues will receive funding and not all requests will be met at 100%. All venues awarded funding will receive 50% of the grant with the acceptance notification and contract in early December 2023. The first installment must be deposited no later than December 18, 2023. The remaining 50% will be received following successful execution of the Exhibition/Project and submission of the final report.
FotoFocus Biennial Grant Regulations
FotoFocus Biennial granted funds CAN support the following:
Artist and curator honorariums and fees
Artist lecture and curatorial travel expenses
Exhibition shipping and installation
Loan and/or participation fees
Educational and/or community engagement programs
FotoFocus funds are NOT to be used for any indirect expenses, such as the following:
Personnel expenses: salaries, taxes, and benefits for staff curators, security guards, educators
Facility expenses: utilities, maintenance, lease, or rental fees
Marketing and promotional expenses, such as paid advertisements
Application & Image/Video Submission Process
The 2024 FotoFocus Biennial Participating Venue Applications are hosted on the Submittable platform. Applications are available on the FotoFocus website (FotoFocus.org/Biennial/2024). Each venue applicant will need to create a free account on Submittable, if one does not already exist. This platform allows the venue applicant to save, edit, and review the Application at any time before submitting the final Application. Venue applicants will be instructed via Submittable to upload images or videos of artist(s) work to be included in the proposed Exhibition/Project, or examples of artist(s) work if new work is being proposed.
Applying with more than one Exhibition/Project?
Each proposed Exhibition/Project must complete an individual application. If the venue proposes more than one Exhibition/Project at the same location, each Exhibition/Project must be submitted as a separate application.
Please Note: FotoFocus does not have access to your Submittable account information. If you have an account and lost your login information, you must follow the "Forgot?" process when signing in or email the Submittable Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participating Venue Meetings
Meetings are held quarterly by FotoFocus for Participating Venues as informative sessions related to the Application and Biennial process. These meetings provide an opportunity for FotoFocus to share updates on the upcoming Biennial and for venues to share lens-based programming in the community. Participation is required for new applicants; it is not required for returning venues, but recommended. All meetings will be at 12pm and held in person at the FotoFocus office.
Meeting Schedule (subject to change)
May 5, 2023, Friday
August 18, 2023, Friday
Winter TBD, 2024, Friday
Summer TBD, 2024, Friday
2024 BIENNIAL THEME DESCRIPTION
FotoFocus is pleased to announce the theme for the 2024 Biennial, backstories.
Photographs are flat surfaces. They reproduce segments of the three-dimensional world, but in two dimensions, and often in monochrome. Yet as viewers, we understand that so much more is going on beyond what is seen in a photograph. What is happening outside the frame? What happened just before the photograph was taken? What will happen after?
Backstories are stories that are not evident at first glance. They offer context for what happened previously or out of view, providing narratives not yet told or presented from a new perspective. Yet once told, they shed light on current circumstances and events. Backstories fill in where the evidence ends, adding nuance, solving mysteries, or simply telling us something we need to know.
To some extent, all histories are backstories. Histories emanating from archives, discovered through reporting, or revealed through gossip provide essential contexts for understanding a given photograph. Similarly, series of photographs have built-in backstories, offering greater context for those singular images we tend to valorize as “telling the whole story.”
In all these instances, what is visible on the surface—what is easily photographed—is enlarged and enriched through an understanding of broader histories, by seeing beyond what is evident, by knowing the backstories.
FotoFocus invites proposals to participate in the 2024 FotoFocus Biennial: backstories.
Photographic series, offering an enlarged understanding of subject matter through narrative and story-telling
Works by previously unknown artists
Surprising bodies of work by established and well-known artists
Bodies of work that offer a different perspective on received social or political truths
Film and photography that challenges our common understanding of contemporary life
Forgotten histories that help to explain social and economic conditions today
2024 FotoFocus Biennial: backstories
Biennial Opening Program: September 26–28, 2024
Founded in 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio, FotoFocus is a nonprofit organization created to celebrate and champion photography as the medium of our time through programming that ignites a dialogue between contemporary lens-based art and the history of photography. FotoFocus presents lens-based signature programming including the FotoFocus Biennial, FotoFocus Symposium, FotoFocus Talks Series, and Film and Video programming. Additionally, FotoFocus has awarded over 700 grants to support partners presenting projects and educational programs that are accessible and engaging to the public. These initiatives are a vital part of what makes FotoFocus such an impactful contributor to the community and the larger art world.
Launched in October 2012, the FotoFocus Biennial is a month-long celebration of photography, film, and lens-based art held throughout the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Dayton and Columbus, Ohio region every two years. The Biennial is the largest of its kind in America and has featured more than 2600 artists and participants, and 750 exhibitions and programs throughout its history. The Biennial is centered around a unifying theme and the cooperation of museums, galleries, academic institutions, and alternative spaces, in celebration of the FotoFocus Month of Photography.
The FotoFocus Biennial Opening Program constitutes the core of the Biennial, establishing the theme and dialogues that unite the broader programming. Featuring keynote lectures, conversations, performances, screenings, and receptions with international participants, the Program is designed to inspire conversations about the world through photography, film, and lens-based art.
Visit www.FotoFocus.org/Biennial for more information.
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