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Photo Vogue Festival 2021 : Reframing History


For its 6th edition, titled Reframing History, the Photo Vogue Festival features projects that have reclaimed an alternative, different way of telling a tale, from projects that reframes omitted, forgotten, and overlooked historical figures to the ones that reclaim an idea of beauty that has been diminished, stereotyped or exoticized. Helping in achieving what Chinua Achebe called “a balance of stories” is one of the founding missions of the platform PhotoVogue, which celebrates its 10th anniversary. Human beings are storytelling animals: the stories we tell are not just a way of representing the world, they become the very world we inhabit. There’s a great African proverb that Achebe often quotes, that says “until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” This edition of the festival is looking at the lions’ stories.


Reframing History/35 Chapters

The 35 artists on show in this section of the exhibition have been selected through the Open Call by an international jury among more than 25.000 images and 2500 photographers from 98 different countries.


Reframing History/12 Chapters

A special chapter of the Reframing History exhibition, curated by Vogue Italia photo department and the festival jury, explores and expands Black creators’ take on the theme. From alternative and counterhistory to a radical reinvention and critique of Western art canons and mythologies, these artists enlighten territories that have been left in the shadow for too long, carving a luminous path that is now influencing, shaping, and subverting the contemporary photography panorama worldwide.


Reframing History/2 chapters

The theme of the exhibition is explored also through popular culture blockbusters like the Anne Boleyn TV series and a film like ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’. The choices of the jury and of Vogue Italia’s photo department aim to show the pervasiveness and reach of such a movement and its influence on every aspect of contemporary culture.


Visions From The World

In line with its mission to connect different cultures and amplify a diverse range of voices, the Festival will present in a video some of the most relevant and interesting works in the photography and visual arts panorama from Africa to Europe, the Arab world, the United States, South America, the Balkans, and Asia. In partnership with The Arab Documentary Photography Program – ADPP (The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture e Prince Claus Fund in collaborazione con Magnum Foundation), Black Women Photographers, Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography, CLPA – Centers of Learning for Photography in Africa, Condominio, Foam, Futures Photography, Hydra, Lagos Photo Festival, Magnum Photos, Native Agency, PhMuseum, Reading the Pictures, The Market Photo Workshop, VID Foundation for Photography e Women Photograph.


10 Years of Photovogue

PhotoVogue celebrates its 10th year anniversary with a video that features over 500 among the most compelling photographs from the platform. PhotoVogue was launched in Italy in 2011 as a community for those interested in photography. It’s since become an industry-leading, curated platform for photography with over 257,000 photographers worldwide of both amateurs and professionals. It helped launch the careers of artists like Nadine Ijewere, Kyle Weeks, Camila Falquez, Kennedi Carter, Scandebergs and Mous Lamrabat, among others. And in 2016, the first PhotoVogue Festival was held in Milan, engaging the whole city with talks, exhibitions and photography-related initiatives.

Now, in its 10th year, PhotoVogue will relaunch to expand globally and also include media in all forms to build an internationally diverse platform of the most interesting voices in contemporary photography, video and multimedia. The new website will launch in the beginning of 2022. The mission of PhotoVogue has always been and will continue to be to champion talent, reaching out to historically excluded communities, improving visual literacy and shaping a more just, ethical and inclusive visual world.


Photo Vogue Festival 2021 : Reframing History

Festival Live on the digital platform from November 18, 2021
Exhibitions at BASE Milano – November 18-21, 2021

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