FASHION and photography are inextricable – each one having profoundly influenced (and indeed continuing to influence) the other. Vogue Italia celebrates this unique and creatively reciprocal relationship via the Photo Vogue Festival – the first of its kind – which will be held in Milan at the end of this month. Chaired by Editor-in-Chief, Franca Sozzani, and directed by the publication’s Senior Photo Editor, Alessia Glaviano, the festival comprises a number of lectures, conferences and exhibitions which will be held at various locations throughout the city.
Highlights include the Vanessa Beecroft Portraits 1993 – 2016 exhibition, as well as two collaborative shows, The Female Gaze and Photovogue/inFashion – their common interest lying in the exploration of female identity.
Vanessa Beecroft Portraits 1993 – 2016 exhibition © Vanessa Beecroft
Vanessa Beecroft is a LA-based multi-disciplinary artist, whose fascinating, original and rather unconventional portfolio includes performance, drawing, photography and video art to name but a few. Her work is highly didactic, and through the examination of issues such as sexuality, desire and marginalisation, Beecroft critiques widely-held perceptions of women in society.
The Female Gaze meanwhile, brings together several artists whose works condemn the traditional role of women as muses, too often reducing them to mere passive, objectified beings.
The Photovogue/inFashion exhibition showcases the industry’s most promising photographers, as selected by Vogue Italia’s Photo Vogue, an initiative launched in April 2011 which endeavours to seek out emerging talent, promote their work and foster their careers. In partnership with New York agency Art+Commerce, Photo Vogue is directed by Alessia Glaviano, and supported by Chiara Bardelli Nonino and Francesca Marani.
An expert panel of judges selected Chinese-born Kiki Xue to shoot a feature for the publication, the result of which will feature in the exhibition, alongside images produced by a further 30 recently scouted photographers.
by Hannah Bergin
Vanessa Beecroft Portraits 1993 – 2016 will be held from November 24-29 at Palazzo Reale: Piazza Duomo
The Female Gaze will be held from November 22 – 26 at Base Milano: Via Bergognone
Photovogue/inFashion will be held from November 22 – 26 at Base Milano: Via Bergognone