Italian photographer Alex Majoli documents the thin line between reality and theatre in a series of photographs, which will be on view from February 16 – April 1, 2017 at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York. The photographs, made in Congo, Egypt, Greece, Germany, India, China, and Brazil between 2010 and 2016, explore the human condition and call into question darker elements of society. The title of the exhibition, SKĒNĒ, refers to a structure forming the backdrop of an ancient Greek theater.
Alex Majoli’s experiences photographing people in many kinds of circumstances in numerous countries have led him to explore the idea of his subjects being actors in their own lives. His scenes depict the drama and pathos inherent in human struggles. A mother and father carry their ill son as they arrive as refugees on the Greek Island of Lesbos in 2015. Police are on guard against a crowd of Brazilian supporters of a cause in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2014. Mourners attend the funeral of a 13 year-old girl in Pointe Noire, Congo, in 2013. Majoli also captures reflective moments : an evangelist standing on the street in Congo or a farmer working in a rice field in India. A detail of a house in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, shows that it has been charred by a fire. As it turns out, the home was to be given as housing to refugees before unknown assailants set fire to it.
Alex Majoli, Skēnē
February 16 – April 1, 2017
Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
New York, NY 10022