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The Best "B-Sides"

Never-shown-before works dominate FotoFest.

For example, Chapela typed in "How not to be...," and Google offered up "shy," "jealous," "seen," "lazy," "bored," "nervous," "clingy," "boring" and "awkward." Among the results for "Why are artists...,"  "crazy" is at No. 1, with "depressed" and "weird" running second and third. Things got disturbing and racist when Chapela typed "Why are Mexicans..." into the search field. "Short" comes in at No. 1, followed by "so ugly" and "dirty" on down the list. When he typed "I dislike...," "black people" was the first suggestion, followed by "my child." But Googlers are equal-opportunity stereotypers: "Why are Americans..." gets "so stupid" as the first suggestion, with "so fat" next; synonyms for "stupid" and "fat" follow. Chapela has 20 works from the series with 20 different queries on view.

Artist Richard Mosse gave Delta Kappa Epsilon members a keg of beer to participate in his video.
Artist Richard Mosse gave Delta Kappa Epsilon members a keg of beer to participate in his video.

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"B-Sides: A Dialogue with Contemporary U.S. Photography"

Through December 11.

FotoFest, 1113 Vine St., suite 101, 713-223-5522.

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My fellow "stupid" Americans, let us all have the fire department cut us out of our houses so we can waddle over and check out "B-Sides." Those "crazy," "weird" artists are up to something good.  

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