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International photo exhibition MIA Photo Fair 2018

MIA Photo Fair 2018

As soon as Italy celebrated International Women's Day, Milan opened the international photo exhibition MIA Photo Fair. It was held for four days, from 9 to 12 March, it was visited by more than 25 thousand people, and more than 80% of the represented galleries managed to sell something from their collections.

"The number of international participants has increased noticeably - 37, twice as much as last year", - said Lorenza Castelli, MIA Photo Fair director. However, I did not see the Russians, only among the visitors.

International Photo Exhibition MIA Photo Fair

International Photo Exhibition MIA Photo Fair, photo © Evgeny Utkin

The exhibition was held for the 8th time, it featured international and Italian art galleries, specializing in the photo sale. They held mini exhibitions inside their stands, therefore, who visited the MIA Photo Fair, could see dozens of photo exhibitions, different in technique, subjects and authors.

MIA Photo Fair was held for the 8th time

MIA Photo Fair was held for the 8th time, photo © Evgeny Utkin

All the works could be bought, and among the most "lucky" in this regard are the Milan galleries "Admira", "29 Arts in Progress", "mc2 gallery", "Officine dell'Immagine", "Galleria Blanchaert", "GVF Gallery", "MADE4ART", "Still Fotografia", a gallery from Brescia "Galleria Massimo Minini ", which presented the work "Joie de vivre" by photographer Letizia Cariello, who won the BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas Prize.

Letizia Cariello, «Joie de vivre»

Letizia Cariello, «Joie de vivre», photo © miaphotofair

Also I want to note Turin gallery "Photo & Contemporary" with a selection of such photo masters as Giovanni Gastel, Gabriele Basilico, Franco Fontana, Venetian gallery "Bel Air Fine Art", gallery from Bergamo "TRAFFIC Gallery", from Ferrari "MLB Maria Livia Brunelli", from Pisa "Passaggi Arte Contemporanea", from Belgium "Atelier Relief", Hungarian "Tobe Gallery", Parisian "Galerie Frederic Got" and "Courcelles Art Contemporain", Berlin's "Luisa Catucci Gallery". And also a new gallery "Still Young", which supports young photographers aged 18 to 25, and presents them at exhibitions.

At the exhibition all the work could be bought

At the exhibition all the work could be bought, photo © Evgeny Utkin

At the exhibition, you could see and buy very famous photos ("Afghan girl" from Steve McCurry), and new works that were made specifically for this exhibition. For example, the photographer Angela Lo Priore presented "Stairs Obsession" at the exhibition.

Angela Lo Priore and Valerio Tazzetti, director of the gallery "Photo & Co"

Angela Lo Priore and Valerio Tazzetti, director of the gallery "Photo & Co" , photo © Evgeny Utkin

Black and white photos of the dizzying ladders of ancient palaces, beautiful women, often in unnatural poses - resemble Hitchcock's films. The emptiness around the models, deliberately small size compared to the geometric forms of the stairs, the contrasts of the shadows - aroused great interest in the works. The photographer is known for her works, the focus of which is always the image of a woman. In the series of 40 colored works "Eat Me!", she captured different women and their attitude to food, in "One Hundred Portrets" - one hundred famous divas of Hollywood and Italian cinema.

Works from MIA Photo Fair

Works from MIA Photo Fair, photo © Evgeny Utkin

In addition to the photo exhibition, there were a lot of seminars, and not only specific, dedicated to photography itself, but also about collectivism and psychoanalysis. In particular, the lecture was read by the famous psychoanalyst Massimo Recalcati.

Evgeny Utkin, Milan, Italy