Photo Vogue Festival
November 15-18, 2018
For the third time in a row, Photo Vogue Festival will present a set of photo artists analyzing contemporary society and how the pace of the internet is changing the medium. Held in Milan in November, the festival is the only of its kind, specifically devoted to fashion photography and its counterparts. The exhibition addresses the rise of Instagram and fashion blogs, and how both are closely associated with the shift fashion photography has taken: a more immediate time frame.
The festival consists of three major exhibitions including “All that Man is — Fashion and Masculinity Now,” which shows over 20 contemporary fashion photographers exploring masculinity and its role in modern society. More specifically, this exhibition brings light to the vulnerabilities experienced by males, such as anxiety and depression, and the importance of the conversation now; as men are prone to suicide and substance abuse. “They are trapped and they don’t have the language to talk about it because the language that exists to discuss the full range of human emotions is still viewed as sensitive and feminine.” This specific exhibit was curated by Chiara Bardelli Nonino.
The construction of walls — both physical and mental — gave birth to another featured exhibition: “Embracing Diversity.” Artist on this exhibition felt a responsibility for erasing stereotypes, making instead a communal representation of various cultures in their work.
Shifting into a more stylistic approach, another important facet of the exhibition is the solo work of Vogue Italia contributor and Norwegian photographer Solve Sundsbo. Curated by Alessia Glaviano and Michael Van Horne, this specific show focuses on Sundsbo’s peculiar approach towards new technologies such as 3D printing and hand-painted retouching.
During the Photo Vogue Festival, a series of talks, exhibitions and photography events will be held at cultural institutions, photography schools and specialized galleries throughout the city of Milan.