The FotoFest 2018 Biennial Symposium addresses concerns within contemporary Indian society through three 40-minute panel discussions, each followed by a Q&A session. 

The topics for the discussions are:

• “Photography without History?”
Moderator: Malcolm Daniel, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, MFAH
Speakers: Exhibiting artists Roshini Kempadoo and Rishi Singhal; Nathaniel Stein, associate curator, Cincinnati Art Museum

• “Looking at Gender”
Speakers: Exhibiting artists Indu Antony, Anita Dube, and Anusha Yadav

• “Where They Belong: Economic Development or Dystopia
Speakers: Exhibiting artists Vinit Gupta, Samar Singh Jodha, and Anita Khemka

About the FotoFest 2018 Biennial
Presented throughout Houston from March 10 to April 22, the FotoFest 2018 Biennial focuses on contemporary photographic and new media art by artists of Indian origin, and features 48 artists from India and the worldwide Indian diaspora. The biennial addresses issues such as gender and sexuality, land rights, the environment, human settlement and migration, and class division. The exhibition of contemporary photography by artists of Indian origin is one of the largest ever presented in the United States.

In addition to the central exhibition, more than 120 Houston-area venues offer photography exhibitions in conjunction with the biennial. The FotoFest 2018 exhibition at the MFAH is Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs.

This program is free! Drop in to participate. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Mitra Mujica-Margolis and Michael Margolis; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mercantil Bank; Mr. William J. Hill; The Windgate Charitable Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Sharon G. Dies; The Powell Foundation; and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.