Sep 02 2021
Nov 13 2021
In Place of an Index

In Place of an Index

Presented by FotoFest International at FotoFest at Silver Street Studios

The exhibition In Place of an Index is a group exhibition featuring 12 artists native to or currently living and working in Texas. The exhibition is produced and presented in conjunction with the 2021 Texas Biennial exhibition, A New Landscape, A Possible Horizon. The exhibition is a curatorial collaboration between Max Fields and Texas Biennial curators Ryan N. Dennis and Evan Garza.

In Place of an Index addresses historical narratives from a position of potentiality, rather than construct or add to a timeline, archive, or index of history and experience. Featured artists situate personal and political narratives outside of fixed contexts, and their work suggests that historical narratives are fluid, and can be revisited, rewritten, and reimagined. Featured artists’ respective practices address historical documentation and narrativization from the perspective of what Ariella Azoulay calls potential history, “[the] effort to make history impossible and to engage with the world from a non-progressive approach, to engage with the outcome of imperial violence as if it is taking place here and now.”[1] The exhibition title, In Place of an Index, refers to Azoulay’s notion of potentiality, suggesting an alternative to an index of time, space, and experience that exists in opposition to a dominant ideology and forms of hegemonic narrativization. Through various photographic means, each of the featured artists use or make references to archives or archival images and histories, and in doing so invite or create new meaning, potentiality, and relations to contemporary media and culture.

[1] Azoulay, Ariella Aïsha, Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism (Durham: Duke University Press, 2019), 312.

Admission Info

All programs are free and open to the public. Masks are required to attend all in-person events and programs presented by FotoFest. Visit to learn about additional and upcoming programs held in conjunction with In Place of an Index. Information about the exhibition, artists, and upcoming events and programs can also be found on the FotoFest App. To download the app, visit the Apple or Google Play store, search “FotoFest,” and select download.

Dates & Times

2021/09/02 - 2021/11/13

Additional time info:

Public Programming

Opening Reception: In Place of An Index
Thursday, September 2 | 5:30–7:30PM
Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., Houston, TX 77007

Exhibition Tour with Ryan Dennis, Max Fields, and Evan Garza
Thursday, September 2 | 6PM
Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., Houston, TX 77007

Exhibition Tour with Max Fields
Wednesday, September 15 | 6PM
Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., Houston, TX 77007

Artist Talk: Ryan Hawk in conversation with Dylan Rodriguez (Online program)
Wednesday, September 29 | 6PM
Live via Zoom and YouTube Live; Registration required

Reading: Annette Lawrence
Wednesday, October 27 | 6PM
Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., Houston, TX 77007

Lecture: Travis Boyer
Saturday, November 13 | 12PM
Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., Houston, TX 77007

Additional events and programs to be announced.

Image: Ja’Tovia Gary, THE GIVERNY SUITE (stills/details), 2019. Film, 39:56 minutes. Three-channel installation, stereo sound, HD and SD video footage, color/black & white. 1920 x 1080, 16:9 aspect ratio, dimensions variable. Edition of 5, +2 APs.

Location Info

FotoFest at Silver Street Studios

2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007