Courtesy of The International Center of Photography

Love Songs: Photography and Intimacy
June 2, 2023 – September 11, 2023
International Center of Photography
79 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002

Transport yourself back to the feeling of being in love – what did it look like, sound like, smell like? This summer, the International Center of Photography presents Love Songs: Photography and Intimacy, a group show conceived as a mixtape of songs gifted to a lover. The exhibition will open June 2 and run through September 11, 2023. Through the many lenses of intimate relationships, Love Songs brings together a series dating from 1952 to 2022 by some of the leading photographers of our time, exploring themes of love, desire, and intimacy in their own complex ways.

The exhibition marks the U.S. museum debut of Aikaterini Gegisian and Lin Zhipeng (No. 223), the first New York City museum presentation of the work of Sheree Hovsepian and Motoyuki Daifu, and the U.S. debut of the work of Karla Hiraldo Voleau.

Love Songs is organized by curator and writer Sara Raza, formerly of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Tate Modern, London. Additionally, the exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris and is based upon an original idea by Simon Baker.

Courtesy of The International Center of Photography

Sara Raza is an award-winning curator and writer specializing in global art and visual cultures from a post-colonial, post-Soviet perspective. She is the author of Punk Orientalism: The Art of Rebellion (Black Dog Press, London 2022). Raza has curated for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Mathaf: Modern Arab Art Museum (Doha, Qatar), and the 55th Venice Biennale, among others. Formerly, she was the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Middle East and North Africa at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Curator of Public Programs at Tate Modern, London. Sara holds a BA and an MA, both from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and pursued studies towards her PhD at the Royal College of Art, London. She lives and works in New York City, where she teaches at the School of Visual Arts and New York University.

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