How can photographs provide information at a moment when ideas about truth and power have been disrupted? This year’s exhibition, presented by Fotografiska, is curated by Brendan Embser, Aperture magazine; Farah Al Qasimi, artist; Amanda Hajjar, Fotografiska; Kristen Lubben, Magnum Foundation; and Paul Moakley, TIME.
During this challenging time, Aperture is committed to continuing to highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition. With this in mind, we are launching the 2020 Aperture Summer Open with a reduced submission fee of $10 through April 4.
Jump-start your career today! Share your work with Aperture’s editors for a chance to win an exhibition in New York City, a feature in Aperture magazine, and a $3,000 cash prize. The annual Portfolio Prize aims to discover, exhibit, and publish new talents in photography. Submissions are due by January 22, 2020.
Faith Couch (class of 2019) featured in Aperture exhibition in New York City…
The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion Curated by Antwaun Sargent
Photographs by Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Nadine Ijewere, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs, and Stephen Tayo.
The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion presents fifteen artists, whose vibrant portraits and conceptual images fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. Their work has been widely consumed in traditional lifestyle magazines, ad campaigns, and museums, as well as on their individual social-media channels, reinfusing the contemporary visual vocabulary around beauty and the body with new vitality and substance. The images open up conversations around the roles of the black body and black lives as subject matter; collectively, they celebrate black creativity and the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image. Seeking to challenge the idea that blackness is homogenous, the works serve as a form of visual activism. It’s a perspective often seen from this loose movement of emerging talents, who are creating photography in vastly different contexts—New York and Johannesburg, Lagos and London. The results—often made in collaboration with black stylists and fashion designers—present new perspectives on the medium of photography and the notions of race and beauty, gender and power.
This exhibition includes selected works from groundbreaking contemporary photographers. The framed work sits alongside vitrines of publications, past and present, that contextualize these images and chart the history of inclusion, and exclusion, in the creation of the commercial black image, while simultaneously proposing a brilliantly reenvisioned future.
2020 Aperture Work Scholar program seeks applicants (deadline soon!)…
The Aperture Foundation has announced that the Spring 2020 Aperture Work Scholar program is currently accepting applications. The deadline for the upcoming term is quickly approaching (October 15)! Please check the following link, aperture.org/internships, to learn more about the program and view the application guidelines.
Interested students should contact: Emily Stewart Manager of Education and Engagement Programs
MICA Photo is proud to announce that Deyane Moses was awarded two prestigious art awards this past weekend. The first award is the 2019 Harry T. Pratt Society Awardee for outstanding working in championing diversity & cultural awareness at MICA. Deyane’s current work exploring MICA’s history of past racial disparities has gained her recognition, and spurred her to organize the “Take Back the Steps” demonstration last month in front of the Main Building. She has continued working in collaboration with University of Baltimore’s in their Special Collections & Archives.
Her second award announced over the weekend was for the Aperture Summer Internship Program in New York City. We are very excited to see how this experience influences her work to come. We are also excited for Deyane’s nomination for the MICA Chair’s Award. The winner of this award will be announced soon. Congratulations to you Deyane for all your hard work & excellent results!