Past Artist Talk

Magnum Photos Day at Photo Vogue Festival presented by Fujifilm

Four Magnum photographers will lead a series of free talks and panel discussions during the fourth edition of the fashion magazine's festival in Milan

Alex Majoli Youth gathering outside Moscow state university for car races. Russia. Moscow. 2019. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

On Sunday 17th November, from 2pm to 8pm, BASE Milano will host as part of the celebrated Photo Vogue festival a series of lectures, panel discussions and talks on contemporary photographic practice, led by the photographer-members of Magnum Photos. The Magnum Photos Day, presented by Fujifilm, offers a unique opportunity to meet and engage with Olivia ArthurThomas DworzakLindokuhle Sobekwa and Alex Majoli: photographers who are dedicated to depicting the world and interpreting key historical events through the lens of their own powerful vision.

Magnum Photos Day will open with Olivia Arthur’s presentation on “LineA”, a Magnum photographer group project about the Mexico/US border. The London-born photographer will also present the “In Private/Mumbai” series, a project exploring the intricacies of privacy, intimacy and sexual identity in Mumbai, as well as the “TiChan” documentary project, shot with Philipp Ebeling, tracing the story of a 30-something French man’s transition into becoming a woman.

Thomas Dworzak will introduce his “Instagram Books”, a series of 20 self-made publications curated from Instagram feeds, exploring the darker and more surreal corners of our social media landscapes. He will engage the audience in a reflection on the things we photograph now as a society.

Lindokuhle Sobekwa Dominique trying a new dress. South Africa. Johannesburg. Daleside. 2016. © Lindokuhle Sobewka, Daleside, courtesy the artist and Rubis Mécénat Cultural Fund/Magnum Photos © Lindokuhle Sobekwa

Lindokuhle Sobekwa will appear in conversation with Magnum Education Consultant Amber Terranova, sharing insight on his photographic contemporaries working in South Africa, and discussing his own body of work, which includes stories in two townships in his native Johannesburg: “Nyaope”, a documentary project on the impact of drug addiction, and “Daleside”, an exploration of domestic and personal spaces in a historically white working-class community.

The day will end with conversations between the Magnum photographers and Alessia Glaviano. First, Glaviano will speak with Italian photographer Alex Majoli, who, over the course of his career, has covered some era-defining events, including the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and the US War on Iraq. Majoli is driven by an exploration of human nature and his genre-defying work blurs the line between art and documentary. He will share his experiences, looking back at significant moments in his professional and personal journey that have allowed him to narrate the many sides of human nature in great depth.

After their Q&A, Glaviano and Majoli will be joined by Arthur, Dworzak and Sobekwa for an open discussion, inviting questions from the audience.

Admission is free and on a first-come-first-served basis. After each talk, there will be time for the audience to ask questions to Magnum photographers. We look forward to welcoming you at BASE Milano, in Via Bergognone 34, next Sunday 17th November at 2pm.

Olivia Arthur Loren and Sheshan embrace at the house of a hijra (transgender) community. India. Bombay. 2017. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos Day program:

2:00 – 2:30pm “LineA” – Olivia Arthur

2:30 – 2:40pm Questions

2:45 – 3:15pm “Instagram Books” – Thomas Dworzak – “What are we photographing as a society?”

3:15 – 3:25pm Questions

3:30 – 4:00pm BREAK

4:00 – 4:45pm Lindokuhle Sobekwa, 2018 Magnum nominee, in conversation with Magnum Education Consultant Amber Terranova will share insight into his work and that of his photographic contemporaries working in South Africa. Sobekwa will present “I carry Her photo with Me”, “Nyaope” and “Daleside”

4:45 – 4:55pm Questions

5:00 – 5:20pm BREAK

5:25 – 6:00pm ”In Private/Mumbai” ,“TiChan” – Olivia Arthur exploration of sexuality and identity

6:00 – 6:10pm Questions

6:15 – 7:00pm Alex Majoli and Alessia Glaviano in conversation, a retrospective on Majoli’s professional journey and artistic influences

7:00 – 7:15pm BREAK

7:15 – 8:00pm Magnum photographers wrap up panel discussion moderated by Alessia Glaviano & Audience Q&A

Thomas Dworzak Collection Thomas Dworzak Instagram artist scrap books. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
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