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The Convening Welcome Reception, Presented by Creative Time and FotoFocus

Presented by FotoFocus at Mecca, Cincinnati OH

Oct 20 2023
The Convening Welcome Reception, Presented by Creative Time and FotoFocus

FotoFocus is pleased to announce its partnership with Creative Time for The Convening, a series of critical dialogues, artist interventions, and performances.

FotoFocus is pleased to announce its partnership with Creative Time for The Convening, a series of critical dialogues, artist interventions, and performances in Cincinnati, featuring artists, critics, curators, and other distinguished guest speakers. A welcome event and performance will take place at Mecca on Friday, October 20, 2023, featuring musicians and key collaborators for The Well: Omope Carter Daboiku, Dayton, OH; Nate May, Oakland, CA; and Talon Silverhorn, Yellow Springs, OH. Saturday will include a full day of discussions held at two venues: the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Contemporary Arts Center, on Saturday, October 21, 2023.

Structured loosely around three earth-based thematics—land, waterways, and trees—The Convening will bring together national and local artists, activists, and thinkers whose work considers histories of land, particularly American histories that coalesce in the Cincinnati region. Through discussions, workshops, and performances, participants will explore issues of land sovereignty, access, and stewardship as well as the histories and enduring legacies of forced migration in the United States. The Convening is a significant collaborative effort designed to discuss thinking about land-use and self-determination through contemporary art practices, including photography.

The Convening is a prelude to the forthcoming Charles Gaines’ multi-city public art project, The American Manifest, culminating in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2024. Commissioned by New York-based Creative Time with support from Cincinnati-based FotoFocus, The American Manifest is a series of monumentally-scaled works spanning multiple sites in New York City and Cincinnati, from 2022 through 2024.

This event is free and open to the public, but we encourage you to let us know that you plan to attend.

RSVP for Welcome Reception on October 20
RSVP for Symposium on October 21

For the latest schedule and more speaker details, please visit


Free and open to the public.

    Official Website


  • Oct 20, 2023 at 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm (Fri)
* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.



1429 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

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