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Milan, a space dedicated to auteur photography opens at the Museum of Cultures

Two temporary exhibitions every year starting on December 16th: Steve McCurry inaugurates the space

The Mudec – Museum of Cultures – in Milan chooses Steve McCurry to inaugurate the new exhibition space dedicated to artistic photography, completing the range offered by the museum founded in 2015 with a mixed public-private governance, which to date has counted one and a half million visitors.

Mudec Photo brings together artistic research and exploration with the narrative properties typical of photography: the eighth art will be on display in two major exhibitions every year and a series of activities related to photography.

The first exhibition in the museum project is titled Animals and opens on December 16th: in 16 photos, it will tell the thousand stories of daily life that link animal to place and vice-versa.

The Animals project originated in 1992 when photographer Steve McCurry undertook a mission in the war-torn areas of the Gulf to document the disastrous impact of conflict on the environment and the fauna. The report, which contains some of his “iconic” photographs such as the camels walking across the burning oil fields and the migrating birds covered in oil, won him the prestigious World Press Photo award that year, attributed by a very special jury, the Children’s Jury, consisting of children from all over the world.

The exhibition project was created specifically for Mudec Photo and will be open to the public through March 31st 2019.

Though humans and animals share the same earth, only we humans have the power required to defend and save our planet

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2010 © Steve McCurry

«Animals invites us to reflect on the fact that we are not alone in this world», explains the curator of the exhibition Biba Giacchetti, underscoring Steve McCurry’s intention to talk about relationships and consequences through the photographer’s immense archive, which made it possible to articulate a range of different emotional registers, alternating more challenging images with positive light-hearted ones.


translation by Olga Barmine

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