Photo Focus

MIA Photo Fair returns for its seventh edition under the direction of Fabio Castelli and Lorenza Castelli. This year, the fair will introduce new projects such as Focus on Brazil and Focus on Hungary, as well as projects dedicated to the performing arts. Devoted to the medium of photography, the three-day event is divided into two key parts: on one side are the galleries, with their collective exhibitions and monographic projects, and on the other, Proposta MIA, in which a selection of photographers present their own work individually.

Following its success in 2016, which welcomed over 24,000 visitors and over 80 galleries from 13 countries, the fair’s attendance numbers are thought to increase as it brings new features to its line-up. Focus Brazil, curated by Denise Gadelha, Focus Principate of Asturias, curated by Monica Alvarez Careaga and Focus Hungary curated by Art Photo Budapest all provide attendees with an in-depth presentation of creatives working in these diverse, geographical regions.

Time is spent with the performing arts, with the participation of Flux Laboratory and ArtOnTime. Flux Laboratory is a multidisciplinary experimental space with branches in Geneva, Zurich and Athens, whose aim is to encourage creative and performative work through encounters with the world of dance, art, philosophy, music and technology. ArtOnTime is an itinerant curatorial project, promoted by Artraising and supported by Eberhard & Co., whose aim is to fund and launch artists in the performing arts through crowdfunding.

For the sixth year running, MIA Photo Fair renews its collaboration with BNL BNP Paribas Group, the main sponsor of the event. In 2017, a jury will be assigning the BNL BNP Paribas Group Award to photographers exhibiting in the fair. The finalists will be published on @bnl_cultura, BNL’s Instagram account dedicated to art and photography, while the winning work will be included in the artistic heritage of the Bank, which today has over 5,000 works. Other awards include the CODICE MIA Award; Massimo Gatti Award; and RaM Sarteano Award.

The MIA Photo Fair event will be enriched with a schedule of talks, meetings and debates. Also, renewing its collaboration with the Fair, Kartell returns to present a special exhibition design. The lounge area of the event will be furnished with several pieces of the Kartell goes Sottsass collection, with chairs and tables designed by Philippe Starck. The brand will be displaying a series of images by photographers Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber, Fabrizio Ferri, Tim Walker and David LaChapelle from the book Kartell: 150 items, 150 Artworks, published by Skira.

MIA Photo Fair, 10-13 March, The Mall, Porta Nuova, Milan.

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1. Stalker – La Camera, 2013. Courtesy Silvia Camporesi.