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Celebrating its fourth edition from November 14 to 17 and establishing itself as an unmissable event for fashion lovers and art lovers alike, this year’s Photo Vogue Festival will take place, once again, at Base Milano. Organized by Vogue Italia and under the very special guidance of its Senior Photo Editor, Alessia Glaviano, this year’s main three exhibitions will focus on artistic couple Inez & Vinoodh, artists outside the mainstream and familiar, and fashion films.

Displayed inside the Prince’s rooms at Palazzo Reale, the exhibition, Inez & Vinoodh Hi-Lo Transformers will display some of the couple’s most renowned works in the form of monumental hand-painted billboards. These imperfect and rough advertising billboards will contrast with the polished, lavish surroundings as well as with Inez & Vinoodh’s practice, always informed by the newest technologies in photography. As Francesco Bonami, the show’s curator, says, “They could be described as sci-fi artists in the best sense of the term. They look into the future through the lens of the present, therefore, the future is not some sort of unlikely surreal fairy tale but rather an altered version of the present itself. Their philosophy is to create the perfect imperfect image.”

With the aim “of broadening the viewers’ ability to think, both linguistically and visually, beyond the known and the familiar of ideological and mainstream opinions”, Alessia Glaviano and Francesca Marani curate A Glitch in the System, Deconstructing Stereotypes. Through the work of thirty photographers from different backgrounds, places of origin an artistic practices, this exhibition expects to broaden the horizons of the possibilities of image-making, which in recent years has seen a shift in the gaze towards gender, body diversity, culture and heritage, and beauty canons. Some of the artists exhibiting are super young talent David Uzochukwu, Mous Lamrabat, Namsa Leuba, Evelyn Bencicova, Guen Fiore, Miguel Proença, Vikesh Kapoor, Guanyu Xu or Hajar Benjida.

Last but not least, moving image will gain protagonism in this year’s edition. In the exhibition Fashion Moving Forward, twenty-six screens will display different fashion films in an installation that aims “to be immersive and to trigger a chain of free, subjective associations in the observer as a subconscious consequence of the viewing experience.” Among them, renowned photographers and directors like Pierre Debusschere, Spike Jonze, Gordon von Steiner, Sølve Sundsbø, Andrea Pecora, Andrew Thomas Huang (who’s also made music videos for the likes of Björk), Samantha Casolari, Seye Isikaly or Ja Tovia Gary.
The Photo Vogue Festival will take place from November 14 to 17 at Base Milano, Via Bergognone 34, Milan.

Arnau Salvadó

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