Photography as a tool to ‘reframe history’

David Uzochukwu, Kiki Xue, and Kennedi Carter are among the artists selected for the Photo Vogue Festival 2021.

Akinola Davies Jr., from the series BBC Black to Life, via Vogue Italia. Akinola Davies Jr

The sixth edition of The Vogue Photo Festival returns to Milan for a four-day event. The main focus of the 2022 edition, which will take place in Milan both physically and digitally from 18-21 November, is the common ground between ethics and aesthetics.

The event will feature a plethora of exhibitions, talks, and portfolio reviews, all culminating in a series of satellite events in and around the city of Milano.

Hosted in the premises of the BASE, in the Tortona district, the main exhibition will focus on the idea of “Reframing History” which explores how historical figures can be re-examined and re-imagined. This project series aims to explore the works of individuals whose intentions are to present an alternative view of history.

The exhibition, curated by Vogue Italia’s photo department and the festival jury, analyzes and focuses on Black designers’ perspectives on the theme of Reframing History. The selected artists move the focus on territories that stayed in the shadow for far too long, carving a new path that is now influencing and shaping the contemporary photography world, from alternative and counter-history to a radical reinvention and critique of Western art canons and mythologies.

As with every edition, the Photo Vogue Festival intends to connect people interested in photography, fashion, and art with leading figures in the industry while featuring a wide variety of workshops and events designed to stimulate dialogue and build bridges between various creative fields.

At Base Milano, there will be a wide schedule of talks, all of which will be streamed live on the festival’s internet platform. The subject of this edition’s discussions will vary from reportage to fashion photography, in line with the festival’s objective.

On Saturday, November 13th, a group of brilliant photographers chosen by Vogue Italia’s editorial staff will have their portfolios electronically examined by renowned curators, gallery owners, and photo editors from across the world.

The artists invited this year, and selected by an international jury consisting of experts from across the world, with different backgrounds and visions, are Akinola Davies Jr, Ashley Peña, Campbell Addy, Daniel Obasi, David Uzochukwu, Kennedi Carter, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Mary Sibende, Namsa Leuba, Omar Victor Diop, Stacey Gillian Abe, Trevor Stuurman.

Alessia Glaviano, the Brand Visual Director of Vogue Italia, founded Photo Vogue in 2011. Glaviano felt that, at a time when photography was already widely available online, what was lacking was a curated platform dedicated to it.

Gianmaria Biancuzzi is Executive Editor of Milano Art Guide. He writes a column on photography for Exibart and previously he reported for Zero.eu from 2016 to 2020. He is the creator and co-curator of the best-selling “The Colouring Book” published by 24OreCultura in 2020.