Today we announce the PHOTOFAIRS New York Talks & Events Program. The dynamic program will convene a group of thought leaders in dialogue about issues and relevant topics within photography and new media.
From in-depth analysis of photographic practices to fascinating discussions of emerging technologies, the Program offers visitors a chance to learn more about the medium. A number of talks, events and book signings will also be taking place at specific booths throughout the Fair. Below we highlight one must-visit event a day, make sure you check out the dedicated page to see the full line-up.
The talks take place daily and are free with your entry ticket. If you’d like attend talks and events throughout the fair, make sure you purchase a Run of Show ticket, which gives you access to all Public Days.
View all highlights on the Talks & Events page.
If you’re joining PHOTOFAIRS New York’s VIP Preview (invitation only), don’t miss Visualizing Deities: Transculturation & Identity in Program Lounge at 5.30pm. A conversation between Cuban-American identical twin photography duo Elliot & Erick Jiménez and Maritza M. Lacayo, Assistant Curator of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the discussion will cover topics around Lucumí, a syncretic religion of Yoruba and Catholic beliefs commonly found in Cuban society, while also delving into how the duo’s upbringing within this spiritual context significantly influences their artistic pursuits. Creating staged portrayals of orishas (deities) and making them the central figures in their photographs, they explore topics around identity, migration, transculturation, and duality.
Delphine Diallo will be signing copies of her monograph Divine at the Fisheye Gallery booth on Friday at 11.30am. Her intention is for every woman she photographs to feel the image she makes of them is a personal gift. “I am not taking pictures, I am giving pictures,” as Diallo puts it. By engaging in intimate conversations with her subjects, Delphine removes the sense of vulnerability that often comes with being photographed. Working with body painters and jewelry and mask makers, Diallo also uses traditional mythology and spiritual symbols to empower her subjects. Her portraiture is all about connection and exchange.
Another book signing event not to miss is Kristine Potter at the Sasha Wolf Projects booth at 2.30pm. Dark Waters is Potter’s second monograph, where she continues her engagement with the American landscape as a palimpsest for cultural ideologies. In this dark and brooding series, Potter reflects on the Southern Gothic landscape as evoked in the popular imagination of “murder ballads” from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her seductive, richly detailed black-and-white images channel the setting and characters of these songs, capturing the landscape of the American South, and creating a series of evocative portraits that stand in for the oft-unnamed women at the center of their stories.
With 13 events taking place through the day, there’s so much for visitors to choose from in Saturday’s Program. We’d recommend heading to the Program Lounge at 2pm, where Fotografiska present Indigenous Futurity: Cara Romero and Amanda Hajjar. Hear Fotografiska’s Director of Exhibitions, Amanda Hajjar discuss renowned photographer Cara Romero’s creative practice. Romero’s playful and imaginative images bring Indigenous knowledges, sciences, and culture in the 21st century to the forefront. Fotografiska will exhibit Romero’s work in their booth and in a subsequent installation at the museum following the conclusion of PHOTOFAIRS New York.
At 3.30pm on Sunday contemporary artist and commerical photographer Justin Dingwall will be giving a talk at inside-out’s booth. He’ll be sharing his thoughts behind his series Albus; Fly by night; a seat at the table; The Changing Winds and rerouted.