Can two festivals bring hope to Trump country?
Front International, a triennial in Cleveland, Ohio, also aims to draw attention to the under-represented art scene in the US’s Heartland. The region is a vague geography defined more by a state of mind: proudly homegrown but overshadowed by the rich coastal cities.
“I really think mid-size cities like Cleveland are the future,” says Michelle Grabner, the curator of Front International. “Artists are moving to these places where it’s reasonable and comfortable to make artwork.”