Presenting thirty promising analogue and film-based photographers from ten countries through as many single works, FotoFilmic ’16 pictures a unique worldview of contemporary photography’s material practices.
The exhibition’s underlying vision frames a defining moment and transitionary occupation of film-based photography and its rich lineage of physical craft and recording methods in the context of today’s global digital culture. Running contrarily to the common but largely unfounded notion that a fundamental technological contradiction exists between digital and material photography, FotoFilmic ’16 shifts focus to photographers’ practices and how materiality may inform and sometimes define their end work. According to FotoFilmic, this is an important reversal in understanding film and analogue photographic culture today.
Following a six-month shortlisting process, Virginie Lamarche and Bastien Desfriches Doria selected ninety photographers from around the world. The FotoFilmic ’16 exhibition was then juried last summer by renowned San Francisco photographer Todd Hido, Vancouver Biennale President Barrie Mowatt, SF Camerawork Director Heather Snider, Photo Book Melbourne and Unless You Will magazine founder Heidi Romano, and London’s Photographer’s Gallery senior curator Karen McQuaid.
The FotoFilmic ’16 exhibition first opened in November 2016 in Santa Monica, California, before travelling to Melbourne, Australia, and finally returning home to Vancouver, British Columbia.
The artists included in the FotoFilmic ’16 exhibition at BAF Gallery | Burrard Arts Foundation are: Christa Blackwood, Carli Choi, Jasmine Clark, Cody Cobb, Maxence Dedry, Melanie Eclare, Daniel Farnum, Ryan Gould, Mark Griffiths, Anne-Sophie Guillet, Garrett Hansen, Seth Harwood, Mat Hay, Laurence Hervieux-Gosselin, Jordanna Kalman, Thanos Kostikos, Marine Lanier, Matthieu Litt, Stine Danielle Marasigan, Ricardo Nagaoka, Marc Newton, Kumi Oguro, Lydia Panas, Alexis Pazoumian, Jenny Riffle, Chris Round, Kamil Sleszynski, Ira Wagner, Nick Williams, and Joseph Wright.