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FotoFocus at The Mini: Cinema and Archive is a month-long screening series examining film and video’s complex relationship to the photographic archive. The Mini Microcinema will present over 30 screenings and events, featuring more than 50 makers with programming by five curators.


Ultimately, film and video’s relationship to archive, both on and off the screen, can be examined and interpreted in a variety of ways. In the most traditional sense, cinema is a storytelling mechanism, with the power to capture and archive an artist’s ever-changing process. Archival material, both still and moving, can also be used as source material for the construction of new works. Like collage or sound mixing, the use of appropriated media has the ability to create greater meaning through montage, as well the ability to re-examine and re-interpret the past. Oftentimes, experimental film and media makers use photographic archives as both objects (and subjects) in their work, which prompts the viewer to consider the similarities and differences between the mediums themselves. Further, the film still is an aspect where film and video calls on its photographic origin, and considers the role of filmmaker as photographer. Animation, specifically stop-motion, underscores the notion of the filmstrip as a photographic archive because the production directly involves snapping photo after photo, slightly changing the content within the frame. Here, the filmmaker literally constructs a moment in time, rather than capturing it, thus animation could represent an archive of a fully constructed reality. The examination of film and media collections are another fascinating way to learn about media’s historical impact in relationship to the socio-political moment in which the archive derives. The Mini Microcinema is thrilled to team up with FotoFocus to present a variety of work exploring the many intersections between cinema and the photographic archive worth further thought and examination.


Stéphane Aubier, Stephanie Barber, Matthew Bauman, Steve Boot, Dr. Svea Braeunert, Dan Browne, Paul Bush, Alberto Couceiro, Studio Creature, Victoria Santa Cruz, Thirza Cuthand, Nazli Dincel, Cheryl Dunn, Paz Encina, Rhiannon Evans, Harun Farocki, Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Kelly Gallagher, Ariana Gerstein, Karø Goldt, Joan C. Gratz, Adriana Vila Guevara, Vanessa Haroutunian, Vashti Harrison, Carrie Hawks, Dr. Todd Herzog, Narcisa Hirsch, Dr. Elisabeth Hodges, Desiree Dawn Kapler, Abbas Kiarost- ami, Evalds Lacis, Kirsten Lepore, Nicki Lindroth, Jayne Loader, Robert Loebel, Azucena Losana, Guy Maddin, Vincent Patar, Jean-Gabriel Périot, PES, Annalisa D. Quagliata, Kevin Rafferty, Pierce Rafferty, Mónica Savirón, Ann Segal, Shelly Silver, Alejandra Tomei, Hui-ching Tseng, UC Center for Film and Media Studies, Péter Vácz, Carlo Vogele, Spencer Williams, Liz Wolf (dream tiger), C. Jacqueline Wood, Alice Pixley Young

FotoFocus at The Mini: Cinema and Archive 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. 

For a complete schedule of FotoFocus events or to purchase a FotoFocus Passport, visit www.FotoFocusBiennial.org


Support for this FotoFocus Biennial 2018 exhibition was provided by FotoFocus.


Flood (2018) Alice Pixley Young (2.5 min loop)

Artist Alice Pixley Young mines the psychology of spaces, collaging video that recalls surrealism and fairytale. This collection of moments and experiences reflects upon the construct of memory and upon our relationship to the built and natural environment.

Alice Pixley Young’s work has been supported through grants from the City of Cincinnati, Summerfair, the Surdna Foundation and the NEA. Her work has appeared in Sculpture Magazine and Hyperallergic and recently was exhibited at NYC Governors Island Art Fair, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Bullseye Projects, the 21c Museum, and Currents International New Media Festival. Young was awarded Best in Show for her installation at 1708 Gallery’s InLight exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She has been awarded residencies to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Jentel, Ragdale, Hambidge, Vermont Studio Center and the Contemporary Artists Center. Raised in Washington DC, she studied painting and printmaking at the Ringling College of Art and Design, the New York Studio Program, and received an MA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and an MFA from the University of Maryland. She maintains a studio in Cincinnati, Ohio and is affiliated with A.I.R Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.


Nature as a Metaphor for Economic, Emotional and Existential Horror (2016) Stephanie Barber 2016 (8 min. loop)

Artist and Filmmaker Stephanie Barber presents a looped meditation on the collision of human domestic spaces and wildlife, embodied in the running tiger. The work was an essential element of an installation Barber constructed in the summer of 2016 for the Baltimore Museum of Art titled Nature as a Metaphor for Economic, Emotional and Existential Horror. It is clear, the grace and beauty of the moving animal, fast and steady through the design magazine photographs. There is the stark relief of 'animal' against 'civilization'; the rush towards (or away?) from extinction; an implicit metaphor of class; the meditative suggestion of eternally running, moving, stepping through; the counterbalance of these pruned domestic spaces, so set and stable and fixed to the idea of actuality.

Stephanie Barber is an American writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Her videos are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language and her language is concerned with the emotional impact of moments and ideas. Each ferries viewers through philosophical inquiry with the unexpected oars of empathy, play, story and humor. Barber’s films and videos have screened nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at MOMA, NY; The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, MN; MOCA Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for Art, OH, among other galleries, museums and festivals. Her videos are distributed by Video Data Bank and her films can be found at Canyon Cinema and Fandor.com. Her books Night Moves and these here separated... were published by Publishing Genius Press in 2013 and 2010 respectively. Her collection of very short stories All The People was published by Ink Press Productions in 2015. Barber is currently a resident artist at The Mt. Royal MFA for Interdisciplinary Art at MICA in Baltimore, MD and The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.


memento mori (2012)

Directed by Dan Browne

"A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patent labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face." - Jorge Luis Borges

A meditation on (im)mortality, mediated by a lifetime's compendium of images, memento mori is a layered time-lapse exploration of the total photographs captured over the course of the filmmaker's life - over 120,000 in total. This all-seeing archive is blended into permutations and combinations of subjects, objects, percepts, dreams, and experiences, to form an encyclopedic index of the possibilities of sight. (28 min)