Jérôme Sessini’s “Territoires et Destins”
The Magnum photographer’s work goes on show at the Magnum Paris gallery
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.
June 25 – October 25, 2019
Magnum Photos Paris Gallery
19, rue Hégésippe Moreau 75018 Paris
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.