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Past Exhibition

Jérôme Sessini’s “Territoires et Destins”

The Magnum photographer’s work goes on show at the Magnum Paris gallery

Jérôme Sessini

Jérôme Sessini Downtown Havana. Rationing store. La Havana, Cuba. January 6, 2008. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini For almost 50 years the Republic of Cuba was led by Fidel Castro, starting when he took position as the head of the revolutionary army on January 1, 1959. The "Lider Maximo" passed the power on to (...)
Jérôme Sessini For almost 50 years the Republic of Cuba was led by Fidel Castro, starting when he took position as the head of the revolutionary army on January 1, 1959. The "Lider Maximo" passed the power on to (...)
Jérôme Sessini Tchelunskinsev coal mine, in the Petrovskyi district in the western district of Donetsk, are still operating despite the fact that the mine is under the constant shelling from Ukrainian army artill (...)
Jérôme Sessini Bayou, New Orleans, USA. June 7, 2017. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Road to Louisiana. Damages from a tornado. Canton, Texas. USA. June 6, 2017. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Bayou, New Orleans, USA. June 7, 2017. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini FSA position and destruction in Salah Aldin front line, Southern Aleppo. Aleppo, Syria. February 10, 2013. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Karm Al Jabal. Aleppo, Syria. February 11, 2013. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Civilian returns home after clashes between FSA and Syrian army. Freed area ÊHaj Rizk facing Sheikh al Maksoud, Kurd neighbourhood under control of Syrian regime. Busatn Al Bacha district. Aleppo, (...)
Jérôme Sessini Front line in Bustan Al Bacha. Civilians shot, some of them dead by snipers from Syrian army as they cross Dar Al Ajazi avenue. FSA fighters attempt to rescue civilians shot by Syrian army sniper a (...)
Jérôme Sessini Anti-government protesters remain mobilized against riot police and hold barricades in Euromaidan square.The day before, on Tuesday, at least 18 people were killed, including seven policemen. Fe (...)
Jérôme Sessini Front line in the Old city. FSA fighters use mirrors to observe snipers. February 18, 2013. Aleppo, Syria. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Hometown. German blockhouse which was part of the line of defence of autumn 1944 constructed at the foot of the Vosges mountains to stop the Allies from passing before winter. France. 2016. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Hometown. France Project. 2016. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Volunteers serve hot soups to Pakistani homeless living under a bridge at the north of Paris. During the winter, the French Islamic Relief provide food, blankets and warm clothes to the homeless in (...)
Jérôme Sessini A woman on the tramway downtown.Located on the Azov Sea, some 100 kilometers from the rebel-held provincial capital Donetsk, Mariupol is seen as a key element of a potential land corridor from R (...)
Jérôme Sessini A woman poses for a portrait in front of an abandoned house in east Detroit. Detroit, USA. June 17, 2017. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Model Bianca O'Brien wearing sweater, Cos, skirt, Johanna Daniil and shoes, Kurt Geiger. "Solitude". Fashion shoot. Athens, Greece. 2018. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Model Bianca O'Brien. "Solitude". Fashion shoot. Athens, Greece. 2018. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Model Bianca O'Brien wearing a Prada dress. "Solitude". Fashion shoot. Athens, Greece. 2018. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. 2010. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos

C’est naître qu’on n’aurait pas dû
– Louis Ferdinand Céline

For photographer Jérôme Sessini, human fate is etched into the landscape. His images, spanning fifteen years of conflict reporting, underscore the inseparable relationship between people’s lives and the space they inhabit. This union is oftentimes bonded by violence.

From the rubble-covered streets of Aleppo to the barricades of Kiev, Sessini’s images have captured the most literal representation of this violence. His incisive vision has also penetrated the dimmest corners of our society. Like a soft light, a “symbolic violence” wraps his images of the urban landscape of Detroit and the banlieue of Saint-Denis, foregrounding the nearly invisible power exerted daily by those at the top to dominate those at the bottom.

The images included in this exhibition also show the versatile quality of an artist capable of bringing his signature and underlying concerns for the photographic medium to any genre, such as fashion. Solitude and desolation are poetically brought to the fore in his images of Greece, capturing again the latent social dynamics that surrounds us.

Ultimately, Sessini’s work points to the spatial characteristics of social reproduction raising the question if we can ever free ourselves from the conditions in which we are born.

When

June 25 – October 25, 2019

Where

Magnum Photos Paris Gallery
19, rue Hégésippe Moreau 75018 Paris

Hours

Monday – Friday: 10h – 13h and 14h – 18h
Saturday: upon appointment only

Free Event, Sunday September 15

On the occasion of the exhibition, the Magnum Gallery in Paris will be hosting a discussion between Jérôme Sessini and Jérôme Kohler (director of the consulting firm “l’Initiative Philanthropique”, board member of Le BAL and art collector) on Sunday, September 15. The conversation will dive into the evolution of photography, the boundaries between photojournalism and fine art photography, and the role of the art market and cultural institutions.

The free talk will start at 6pm and will be followed by a cocktail reception. Sessini’s exhibition will be open from midday to 8pm.