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Current Exhibition:

Social Medium: Photography as a tool for Community collaboration

September 15 - November 10

Wave Pool is proud to present the group exhibition Social Medium, opening September 15th 7-10pm. Curated by Wave Pool Executive Director, Calcagno Cullen, Social Medium is a participating exhibition in the Fotofocus Biennial 2018.

Artists have a long history of making socially engaged work, acting as instigators for community redevelopment, and for being able to build communication and collaboration within communities through creative means. Social Medium exhibits these community-led archives—with photography in particular used to frame the subject and narratives of these neighborhood stories, yet never forgetting that there is a fine line between celebrating marginalized populations and exploiting them. To find the balance between using a camera to tell a story vs. creating one, then, there has been a surge of photographic experiments that blur the lines between photographer and subject, artist and community. This exhibition will display the results of several of these collaborative approaches to photography, as well as see a community-based shared photography project to fruition with our own community.

As part of the exhibition, Wave Pool will be hosting Picture People: Collaborative Tactics in Photography Workshop with Eliza Gregory and Gemma Rose-Turnbull September 22, 2-5pm and a Panel Discussion moderated by Curator Calcagno Cullen October 14, 2-3:30pm

Featured Artists include Eliza Gregory, Gemma-Rose Turnbull, Rebecca Hackemann, Mark Strandquist, Jason Lazarus, Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayete Ross Smith, Kamal Sinclair, Natalie Mancino and Jacqueline Wood

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Featured social practice Project:

Cincinnati’s Table

The Welcome Project (a collaboration between Wave Pool & Heartfelt Tidbits) was chosen as the partner organization for a pilot project developed as part of United Way’s ‘The Shift’ program, entitled ‘Cincinnati’s Table’. With this grant The Welcome Project will hold one meal per month for 13 months. These dinners will be held in neighborhoods where we have immigrant and refugees living, inviting the local neighborhood to be part of the meal, allowing everyone a chance to get to know each other, building friendships, and highlighting the neighborhood.

The Welcome Project is planning each of these meals to revolve around theme or focus (such as peace- making, introductions, diaspora, etc.), which will be introduced by a local artist through an interactive artwork or installation, and also strengthened by food cooked by both a long time Cincinnati native from each of these neighborhoods as well as by an immigrant or refugee in order to best start conversations across many groups and bridge divides within our city. Each dinner will be in a different part of the city and will be a partnership with another community organization in order to best reach and include a diverse group of neighborhood voices at each dinner table.

This series of meals will begin in late October at Tikkun Farm in Mt. Healthy with the theme of “repair/restore”, featuring the cooking of a Palestian neighbor as well as the work artist Denise Burge. In October 2019, the final meal will be a pot-luck and will also be the reveal of a culminating cook book that features all of the chefs, artists, and organizations that partook in this year-long project.

This project is supported by United Way.



The Welcome Project is a social enterprise that empowers marginalized and at risk refugees and immigrants in Cincinnati by providing jobs, education, and community. The Welcome Project is a collaboration between Wave Pool and Heartfelt Tidbits.
More information can be found at www.welcomecincinnati.org .

Calling Artists! 

Applications for 2019 Art Space Is Your Space Artist in Residency Program are now open. Read more about the programs and how to apply via the button below. We look forward to seeing your applications!