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FotoFocus presents Containment, a site-specific installation by photographer Chris Engman, created specifically for the 2018 FotoFocus Biennial: Open Archive. Containment offers viewers a rare glimpse into the artist’s process, and the chance to experience Engman’s manufactured “architectural landscapes” for the first time. This constructed environment fuses the tangible and surreal, playing with preconceived notions and expectations about time, space, memory, and images as truth-telling mediums.

Chris Engman: Prospect and Refuge is a curated exhibition for the 2018 FotoFocus Biennial: Open Archive. Now in its fourth iteration, the Biennial spans over 90 projects at museums, galleries, and universities across Greater Cincinnati; Northern Kentucky; Dayton and Columbus, Ohio; and features more than 400 artists, curators, and educators. The Open Archive theme emphasizes the centrality of photography and lens-based art to modernism, and examines our fundamental need to preserve photographs and to tell stories through their collection, organization, and interpretation.

Chris Engman: Prospect and Refuge
Curated by Carissa Barnard, FotoFocus Deputy Director
Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati
August 31 – November 18, 2018

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