New in this fourth edition of the Photo Vogue Festival is the exhibition at Leica Galerie, among the most important cultural spaces in Milan for the discovery and enhancement of photographic talent. The collaboration with Leica allows a deepening of the work of Dustin Thierry, Nanna Heitmann and Romina Ressia, the three photographers who obtained the highest marks from the international jury during the scouting “A Glitch in the System, deconstructing stereotypes”. At Leica Galerie Thierry, Heitmann and Ressia will show (from 11 to 18 November) an exhaustive version of their projects on show at BASE Milano and will receive a Leica D-LUX 7, a compact machine that presents an exceptional combination of cutting-edge technology and excellent optics. The opening, with free admission, will be held in Via Giuseppe Mengoni 4 on November 12th at 6.30pm.
Thierry was born in Willemstad, Curaçao in 1985. He is a self-taught photographer who lives and works in Amsterdam. His work deals with the Afro-Caribbean identity. The issues addressed by Dustin Thierry are often both personal and social. He is fascinated by what motivates the individual. Against the background of a constant flow of opinions and images, Thierry's goal is to capture moments of quiet for reflection and his portraits can be described as intimate encounters that leave the observer with all the mental space necessary to stimulate his imagination . Thierry believes that every image reaches its full potential when it receives the time and attention it deserves.
The project: Opulence
During the spring of 2018 I started documenting the ballroom voguing scene in Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan and Paris. Families or the ‘chapter’ organize heated meetings that offer emancipatory possibilities of expression linked to gender and / or race themes in a context of trust in which fashion and attitude meet. Being authentic and sincere allowed me to enter this world of wonderful and sensitive people, avoiding the fear of being exploited by the sensationalist approach of conventional media. Black and white photography cites the underground urban atmospheres of the last century. My current project ‘Opulence’ (WIP) is a tribute to my deceased brother and to all the people of Afro-Caribbean origin who still do not feel free to express their sexuality in toto. Homosexuality continues to be strongly stigmatized and criticized within the Caribbean community. Moreover, in the Netherlands, people of color from the former colonies and the Caribbean islands are increasingly victims of racialization and objectification processes. This project aims to escape from this dichotomy by representing subjects in unadorned, natural but also very poetic portraits. The project documents my attempt to build an archive of feelings, gender expressions and LGBTQ identities of the black Caribbean diaspora in the Netherlands, as a testament to the vitality and longevity of the black LGBTQ community in the Netherlands and the Caribbean.
While waiting for the bus, Dolga's daughter is sleeping on her lap in the summer heat. In the summer temperatures in the Republic of Tuva climb to 50 degrees plus. In winter it gets up to minus 50 degrees cold.
© Nanna Heitmann
Nanna Heitmann is a Russian-German documentary photographer, based between Russia and Germany. His photographs have been published by TIME Magazine, M Le Magazine du Monde, De Volkskrant, Stern Magazine and die Zeit and he has worked on specific commissionable projects from publications such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post and Stern Magazine. He received prizes and awards including the Vogue Italia Prize of the Women Photographers Grant organized by the PHmuseum, the World Report Award and was among the finalists for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, the Gomma Grant and the LensCulture Emerging Talent Award. Nanna Heitmann joined Magnum as a nominee in 2019.
The project: Hiding from Baba Yaga
“Vassilissa was running stronger than she had ever run. Soon she was able to hear Baba Yaga's witch and mortar hit the ground behind her. Desperately, he brings to mind the words of the black cat and throws the towel behind her. The towel is getting bigger and more and more wet, and soon, a big river separates the girl from Baba Yaga. Vassilissa then throws the comb behind her, and it starts to get bigger and bigger, and her teeth turn into a thick forest, so thick that even Baba Yaga can't make her way. Teeth grinding and screaming with anger and frustration, Baba Yaga, the witch with bony legs, backtracks and returns to her hut on crow's feet “. From time immemorial, people have sought protection and freedom on the banks of the Enisej river and the wild taiga with which it borders. For a long time, the banks of the Enisej were pervaded by nomadic populations. Arriving from the west and driven by greed for precious leather, the Russians reached the river only in 1607. Criminals, fleeing servants, apostates and simple adventurers joined together in groups, penetrating more and more into the wild taiga. For a time, the life of the settlers in Siberia was free and autonomous. The Old Believers settled on the desolate banks of the Enisej to escape the persecution of the Tsar and, later, that of the Soviet regime. With Stalin, the Enisej river became a place of exile and forced labor. The Soviet regime chained not only the local people but also the river itself, building two huge dams that created lakes about 400 km in length. Whole villages sank in the water and the climate changed. A dense fog swept over the river. The USSR is history of the past. Today, people are attracted to large cities, such as Moscow and St. Petersburg. And the Enisej river becomes more and more a place for dreamers and loners who wish to escape from the worldly reality.
Romina Ressia was born in a small town near Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1981. The passion for art began at a young age, but it was only around the age of 30, after graduating in Economics, that she decided to devote herself entirely to photography . He studied photography, fashion photography, art direction and set design at various institutions, including the prestigious Colon Theater Institute. His work is mainly influenced by classical painting. Ressia starts working in fashion photography and then gradually approaches the fine arts and goes beyond photography, experimenting with mixed media. His works are represented by galleries in London, Edinburgh, Switzerland, Belgium and Mykonos and have been exhibited in major cities, including New York, Milan, London, Zurich, Paris, Brussels and Buenos Aires. Named “Photographer of the Year” at the International Color Awards of 2017 (among the many international awards received) and selected from the 17 young women who are becoming influential global figures from The Women's Forum for the Economy and Society in 2016 (one of the five forums more authoritative world-wide according to the Financial Times), Romina quickly conquered the respect and esteem of the art world.His is a pictorial style and is known for its anachronisms and the use of the absurd and irony for dealing with modern themes Another important feature of his work is the reinterpretation of the classic style with a fresh and new look.
The project: Venus
Botticelli painted the birth of Venus in the fifteenth century. The painting depicts a young woman with long blond hair, standing naked, while covering her private parts with her hands. It is a representation of ideal beauty but also an expression of freedom, since, for the first time in art, a woman was shown naked without any Catholic meaning. This series is based on derivative painting (these are versions of Venus on a black background) and is inspired by the women of contemporary society. Yet, six centuries after the original painting was created, the images cannot be shown in full on social media.