Foto Fest I Am A Camera Opening Reception With Artists

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FotoFest International says
FotoFest opens a new exhibition of international artists exhibiting work focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer (LGBTQ) and questioning communities.

I AM A CAMERA - Opening Reception
Thursday, July 9, 2015
6-8pm

With artists Sunil Gupta, Anna Charlotte Schmid, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Charan Singh

FotoFest at Silver Street Studiios
2000 Edwards Street
Houston, TX 77007

Exhibition curated by Steven Evans, FotoFest Executive Director

FotoFest is organizing a number of public programs to accompany the exhibition, including artist receptions and talks, film screenings, a panel discussion and exhibition tours. Several of the artists will visit Houston during the exhibition. A list of programs follows below and will be posted, and updated on the FotoFest website at www.fotofest.org.

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The artists in I AM A CAMERA explore a number of humanist themes, including relationships, self-realization and determination, class struggle, and community and space building. Their works encompass traditional black & white photography, contemporary staged photography, film, video and installation work. They represent a wide spectrum of sexual identification – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and queer-allied.

THE ARTISTS
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst (USA)
Sunil Gupta (India/UK)
Lindsay Morris (USA)
Frédéric Nauczyciel (France)
Irina Popova (Russia)
Anna Charlotte Schmid (Germany)
Paul Mpagi Sepuya (USA)
Charan Singh (India)

The nine artists in this exhibition work directly with particular communities, which at times include themselves, in the creation of compelling and diverse views of contemporary LGBTQ life.


”I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking… Some day, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed.” - Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin


Taking its cue from Christopher Isherwood’s introduction to Goodbye to Berlin, an observation of the narrator’s milieu and the effects wrought by acute political and social upheaval, I Am A Camera is about representation, sexual orientation, gender identity expression, and society. The members of the communities pictured self-identify across a broad spectrum of sexuality, gender roles, race, class, culture and politics. A varied and diverse population, it resists generalization and traditional, normative expectations. As such, LGBTQ communities have defined themselves on their own terms. I Am A Camera is an exhibition that also performs as a conduit for sexual orientation and gender identity expression.
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By: FotoFest International

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