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FotoFest Programs

FotoFest’s INDIA exhibitions are accompanied by six weeks of associated programming, including forums and dialogues onIndia and its changing role in the world.

The programs include artist talks and video presentations, film programs, artist-curator exhibition tours, and a special school curriculum developed in relation to the Biennial theme. 

The 2018 Biennial programs are curated by the Biennial curators, Sunil Gupta, and Steven Evans.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4

BOOK READING AND DISCUSSION with author SUJATHA GIDLA, 7pm
THE SILOS AT SAWYER YARD, 1502 SAWYER STREET, HOUSTON 77007
INDIA/CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NEW MEDIA ART

Author SUJATHA GIDLA reads from her book, ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS, a multi-generational memoir that chronicles nearly a century of her Dalit family's struggle in caste-conscious India. The reading is followed by a discussion between the author and Houston-based writer CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI.

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THURSDAY APRIL 5

GUIDED FAMILY TOUR, 10am
SILVER STREET STUDIOS, 2000 EDWARDS STREET, HOUSTON 77007
INDIA/CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NEW MEDIA ART

Family-friendly tours of the FotoFest 2018 Biennial INDIA exhibition led by the FotoFest Literacy Through Photography Learning Program

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GUIDED FAMILY TOUR, 2pm
WINTER STREET STUDIOS, 2101 WINTER STREET, HOUSTON 77007
INDIA/CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NEW MEDIA ART

Family-friendly tours of the FotoFest 2018 Biennial INDIA exhibition led by the FotoFest Literacy Through Photography Learning Program

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SATURDAY, APRIL 7

GUIDED FAMILY TOUR, 10am
THE SILOS AT SAWYER YARD, 1502 SAWYER STREET, HOUSTON 77007
INDIA/CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NEW MEDIA ART

Family-friendly tours of the FotoFest 2018 Biennial INDIA exhibition led by the FotoFest Literacy Through Photography Learning Program.

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FOTOFEST BIKE SCRAMBLE, 11am
THE SILOS AT SAWYER YARD, 1502 SAWYER STREET, HOUSTON 77007
The popular FotoFest Bike Scramble returns! The two-wheeled gallery crawl will visit exhibition venues in the Washington Avenue Arts District and the Montrose neighborhoods. Open to the public, and designed for ages 10 and above, the leisurely ride is a unique way to experience the Biennial, and springtime in Houston.

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GUIDED FAMILY TOUR, 2pm
SPRING STREET STUDIOS, 1824 SPRING STREET, HOUSTON 77007
DISCOVERIES OF THE MEETING PLACE

Family-friendly tours of the FotoFest DISCOVERIES OF THE MEETING PLACE exhibition led by the FotoFest Literacy Through Photography Learning Program.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13

FILM - The Cinema Travellers, 7pm
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON, 1001 BISSONNET STREET, HOUSTON 77005
INDIA/CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NEW MEDIA ART

The spectacle of screening movies has long been presented in India by showmen driving cinema trucks to rural villages, where temporary tents are erected and films are screened on 35mm. Celebrating that tradition, viewers follow a team of dedicated technicians who traverse Maharashtra. In each town, their arrival is greeted by boisterous crowds, lured by “movies to touch your soul.”

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SATURDAY, APRIL 14

FOTOFUN FAMILY DAY, noon-4pm
WINTER STREET STUDIOS, 2nd Floor, 2101 WINTER STREET, HOUSTON 77007
INDIA/CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NEW MEDIA ART

Family activities to engage with the art and ideas of the INDIA exhibition. Free crafts, music, food and fun. Open to the public.

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FILMS - Expressions Un/Spoken, 7pm
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON, 1001 BISSONNET STREET, HOUSTON 77005
INDIA/CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NEW MEDIA ART

The short-film program for Houston’s 2018 FotoFest Biennial INDIA, features representations of love, gender, and sexuality, made over a 40-year period. With distinctive voices, and in a variety of genres, the four films reflect the restrictions or freedom offered by their context and production environment—such as state documentary, independent film, and mainstream Bollywood.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 15

ARTIST TALK with RAM RAHMAN, 2pm
ISMAILI JAMATKHANA AND CENTER, 1700 FIRST COLONY BLVD, SUGAR LAND 77479
INDIA/CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NEW MEDIA ART

Artist RAM RAHMAN will discuss how architecture and site, both historical and contemporary, are interpreted as political realities change - and how readings of the photographic document change over time.

Delhi’s modern architecture in the years after independence was actively promoted by Jawaharlal Nehru, who brought the first generation of trained architects to the capital to construct the infrastructure of the new nation. A visionary figure, Nehru’s inspiration propelled architects like Habib Rahman to design and build on a huge scale with very limited resources. In recent years, this legacy is being threatened by anti-modernist philosophies.

FREE and open to the public. Contains mature topics, ages 13 and up.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 21

CURATOR TOUR, 3pm
ASIA SOCIETY TEXAS CENTER, 1370 SOUTHMORE BLVD, HOUSTON 77004
INDIA/CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NEW MEDIA ART

FotoFest 2018 Biennial Co-Curator STEVEN EVANS and Asia Society Curator BRIDGET BRAY lead a tour of the galleries at Asia Society Texas Center, including the work of MOHINI CHANDRA, TENZING DAKPA, SARINDAR DHALIWAL, CHANDAN GOMES, VINIT GUPTA, ABHISHEK HAZRA, ANNU PALAKUNNATHU MATTHEW, ANOOP RAY, and GIGI SCARIA.

FILM - Lipstick Under My Burkha, 7pm
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON, 1001 BISSONNET STREET, HOUSTON 77005
INDIA/CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NEW MEDIA ART

A timely drama infused with song and dance numbers, Lipstick Under My Burkha follows the lives of four women in Bhopal, India. Each searches for independence and freedom, ultimately finding support in sisterhood.

Mature Audiences Only

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SUNDAY, APRIL 22

A CONVERSATION WITH ARTIST PUSHPAMALA N., 2pm
THE SILOS AT SAWYER YARD, 1502 SAWYER STREET, HOUSTON 77007
INDIA/CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NEW MEDIA ART

Artist PUSHPAMALA N. has been referred to as "the most entertaining artist-iconoclast of contemporary Indian art". Her work has been described as performance photography. The artist discusses her art, and her career with 2018 Biennial Co-Curator STEVEN EVANS on the final official day of the FotoFest 2018 Biennial.

Seating is limited. Reservations recommended.

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FILM - Hotel Salvation, 6pm
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON, 1001 BISSONNET STREET, HOUSTON 77005
INDIA/CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC AND NEW MEDIA ART

A dream convinces 77-year-old Daya that his death is approaching. The aging father decides he wants to go to the holy city of Varanasi, India—the location of the Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation), a guesthouse devoted to people who want to die there. Daya’s dutiful son, Rajiv, is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father.

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