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January 2022 | Simona Ghizzoni

World Press Photo jury

Simona Ghizzoni has been appointed as the Europe jury Chair for the 2022 World Press Photo Contest.

She has been involved with the World Press Photo as a Joop Swart Masterclass mentor in 2018 and as a Photo Contest winner in 2012 as well as 2008.

January 2022 | Dominic Nahr

Back to Basics

As a Leica Akademie Instructor and during lectures, as a Leica Ambassador, Dominic Nahr has given insights to hundreds of people over the last few years. This video is the first of a series in which he will share these technical and creative tips.

Watch the tutorial here

December 2021 | MAPS members

Moving On collective project

Faten, Ilyas, Mustafa, Navanpreet, Hadeel and Ivica. They are a child, a cook, a support worker, a human-rights defender, an artist and a musician. They are six individuals who left their homes to carve out a better life for themselves, to secure a decent future for their families and children.

Our “Moving On” collective projecct brings together their six journeys. Six stories of migration, in Europe, today :

movingon.mapsimages.com

Funded by the National Geographic Society.

November 2021 | Marina Caneve

Earthlings

The artists in the “Earthlings” exhibition confront us with the urgencies of our world, and employ many forms of imagination and thinking to reflect on our current times. They offer hope and propose alternatives for the future.

“Are They Rock or Clouds?” by Marina Caneve is featured in the “Earthlings” collective exhibition at FOTODOK, Paris, from November 11th to 20th.

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November 2021 | Matthieu Gafsou

Vivants

Climate change, the sixth extinction of species, the rhetoric of collapse… These are the anxious hypotheses at the origin of Matthieu Gafsou’s vast photographic project, Vivants (Alive), in which our vision of the future is gradually shattered, leaving room for a new anxiety due to the threats that weigh on the world.

Exhibition in Galerie C, Paris, France, as part of Photo Saint-Germain. Opening November 9th 2021.

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November 2021 | Kitra Cahana

The beauty of our world

Kitra Cahana’s image is among the “31 pictures from the National Geographic archives that capture the beauty of our world”.

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November 2021 | Nicolas Janowski

Espíritu de las Casas

Artist and anthropologist Nicolás Janowski has partnered with architect Freddy Mamani to produce “Espíritu de las Casas, or The Spirit of the Houses”, a multi-dimensional photographic-based work that examines how the indigenous Aymara population in South America is seeing their values experience a renaissance.

Sofia Galli wrote a piece on the project, in PHmuseum.

November 2021 | MAPS members

November newsletter

A movie premiere, an awarded book, publications & exhibitions,… Our 22nd newsletter is out!

Read it here

 

October 2021 | Kitra Cahana

‘Perfecting the Art of Longing’ movie premiere

“You perfect the art of longing by knowing where your soul is intended to be,” says Rabbi Cahana, who suffered a devastating brainstem stroke that left him “locked in,” only able to communicate through the blinking of his eyes.

Using footage from security cameras, video calls and home-video archives, this experimental short film leads us on a journey through memory, family and faith, exploring the nature of connection and distance.

“Perfecting the Art of Longing” written and directed by Kitra Cahana, premiered at the 2021 Festival du nouveau cinéma – FNC, as part of the National Competition, at 8:30 p.m., Montreal, Canada.

A National Film Board of Canada production.

September 2021 | João Pina

Tarrafal: Topography of a Concentration Camp

How does one deal with historical events from a personal perspective? Photographer João Pina asks this question by probing Portugal’s recent colonialist and fascist past, exploring his own family archives.

João Pina presented his work “Tarrafal: Topography of a Concentration Camp” at the Institute for Ideas and Imagination.

September 2021 | Nicolas Janowski

Espíritu de las casas

With the “Espíritu de las casas” project, Nicolas Janowski and Freddy Mamani question the historical processes and the need to historically repair native peoples.

Exhibition at the Vigil Gonzalez gallery, Cusco, Peru. From September 23rd to October 20th.

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September 2021 | Marina Caneve

Di roccia, fuochi e avventure sottranee

In the collective work “Di roccia, fuochi e avventure sottranee”, Marina Caneve juxtaposes views of the city and the construction sites with archaeological finds, cores and elements of excavation machinery in order to document the relationship between the city of Athens, contemporary design and historical memory.

Exhibition at MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, in Rome, Italy. From September 22nd to November 14th.

September 2021 | Ashfika Rahman

The typology of wounds, the mapping of healing

Ashfika Rahman’s exhibition “The typology of wounds, the mapping of healing” presents new and existing photographic and textile works produced in Bangladesh, in collaboration with marginalised indigenous communities.

This is Ashfika Rahman’s first solo show in VITRINE, in Basel, Germany.
From September 21st 2021 to January 9th 2022.

September 2021 | Dominic Nahr

I Am Alive

The book “I Am Alive” by Dominic Nahr has been awarded by the Px3 Paris Photography Prize.

“I Am Alive can mean I have survived. I live well. Or I live with my terrible memories. All of these meanings can be found in this photobook. In an almost cinematic matter it chronicles the life of 11 people who lived through some of the past century´s most devastating conflicts as a child.”

More info: https://px3.fr/winners/px3/2021/11732/

September 2021 | Simona Ghizzoni

Uno fanzine

“My summer was made of water, in my studio by the river. September arrived out of the blue, bringing with it some very important news for me, my first independent publication : Uno.”

Simona Ghizzoni’s fanzine, gathering her long-term work of self-portraiture will be published in October 2021.

See more and pre-order the publication here

September 2021 | MAPS members

Setpember newsletter

The MAPS September newsletter is out, with a focus on educational projects.

Read and subscribe here

August 2021 | Dominic Nahr

The ‘Concurrent’ exhibition

The ‘Concurrent’ exhibition is a reconciliation of uprootedness and far-sightedness that define Dominic Nahr’s work. Here, impressions from Switzerland meet world events. They are details and panoramas from the international stage and from personal life.

Exhibition at the IPFO – International Photo Festival Olten
 until Sunday August 29th
https://www.ipfo.ch/exhibition-dominic-nahr

July 2021 | MAPS members

MSF x MAPS collective exhibition

More than a photo — 50 years of medical aid

For half a century, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has been caring for people in emergency situations. In these five decades, the world has changed. And MSF with it.

MAPS photographers captured some of MSF’s actions throughout these years. The NGO asked Dominic Nahr to take a look into the analog and digital photo archives of 8 of our photographers, who have accompanied MSF in their operations.

Each image is accompanied by a video interview of the photographer, as well as archives, contact sheets and explanatory texts — all gathered on a dedicated website. (DE)

» Exhibition at the photoSCHWEIZ festival, Zürich, Switzerland, from July 2nd to 11th.

July 2021 | Simona Ghizzoni

Unfamiliar exhibition

The constant reduction of ecosystems creates new geographies of disorientation, in which human and animal now seem to coexist only in an imaginary space, a rêverie. Simona Ghizzoni interprets this uprooted humanity in ‘Unfamiliar’.

Exhibition at the Images Gibellina festival in Gibellina, Italy. From July 30th to August 29th.

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July 2021 | Nicolas Janowski

‘La Inteligencia de la Flores’ exhibition

The humanizing process of cannabis has given rise to an alternative current that proposes to distance itself from this anthropization of the cannabis landscape. What is proposed accordingly is a gesture of return to a more organic, natural and binding way with the environment of which we are all part of.

Exhibition in La guerra fallida, Centro de la Imagem, Mexico. From June 10th to September 12th 2021.

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July 2021 | Hannah Reyes Morales

Living Lullabies exhibition

Living Lullabies sheds light on the role of lullabies and the critical issues faced by women and children through multidisciplinary narratives of family nighttime rituals.

The series will be exhibited during the Cortona On The Move festival in Cortona, Italy. From July 15th to October 3rd.

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July 2021 | Simona Ghizzoni

Le Fotografe TV show

This new Sky Original series is the first documentary series dedicated to Italian women photographers and their own unique processes. Each episode is dedicated to a specific theme, from love to sexuality, from the role of women in society to body positivity.

Simona Ghizzoni will recount her artistic journey that begins with self-portraiture as a search for the self and adresses her interest in performing arts and reportage, as well as her commitment to women’s civil rights.

The episode “Everything speaks of me” featuring Simona Ghizzoni, will air on July 5th at 9.15 pm, on Sky Arte.

» See the trailer

June 2021 | Collective project

Les Veilleuses

Night Lights

The collective project ‘Les Veilleuses’ (Night Lights) was born from the desire to evoke fundamental gestures.

The gestures of men and women who watch over us. They take care of the sick, the old, the wounded, the dying, and the newly born. They are nurses, doctors, stretcher-bearers, physiotherapists, and other roles which sometimes have no name. They are all around us, day and night, when the earth trembles or the world is falling apart, but also when the sun rises.

Three photographic series, produced in three different countries highlight the daily work of health workers.
Joint project by Hôpital Erasme – Cliniques universitaires de Bruxelles – ULB and MAPS, supported by Takeda Clinical Trials.

Discover the entire project here

May 2021 | MAPS members

RESET collective exhibition

The ‘Reset’ photographic exhibition brings together the photographs and film of 18 MAPS members, exploring the transformations that are emerging from the turmoil our modern societies face.

45 photographs and a short film by MAPS members, accompanied by 6 multimedia productions by students of the Ecole Nationale des Arts de la Cambre, create a dialogue to address central issues of our time: the conditions of women and democratic crises, as well as the solace found in communities and the resetting of our relationship with the living.

From May 13th to June 4th 2021.
De Markten, Brussels

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May 2021 | John Vink

Tour de France 1987

The Tour de France is a mythical bicycle race, made of blood, sweat and mostly tarmac. Each year it attracts millions of spectators, scattered along the roads of France to see their heroes pass by in a whizzing flash.

@ L’oeil urbain, Corbeil-Essonnes, France. From May 27th to July 4th 2021.

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May 2021 | Caroline Lamarche, Chiquinquira Garcia, Loïc Delvaulx

Traces book release

Traces : marks and imprints left by the whirlwind passage of coronavirus through the Iris Sud Hospitals in Brussels in the spring of 2020.

Traces that deserve to be preserved so that nothing will be forgotten of the courage and the abnegation, the dread and the professionalism of the nurses, doctors, ancillary healthcare workers and logistical teams who faced something that had never been seen before.

» Discover the dedicated website

Loïc Delvaux shot & directed the book’s making of, interviewing the people involved in its making.

» See the video

May 2021 | Simona Ghizzoni

Self-portrait as Myself

A series of conversations on self-portraiture and autobiographical narratives, followed by an exchange of ideas and practices, exploring the motivations and stories of women artists who engage with this particular genre.

In partnership with Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia, Collezione Donata Pizzi, Centro di ricerca Fotografia Arte e Femminismo (Università di Bologna ).

Next meetings (in Italian), live on Facebook :
May 19th with Alessandra Matia Calò
June 9th with Paola Mattioli
Late June with Federica Muzzarelli

» More information

May 2021 | Simona Ghizzoni

Quaderni di un mammifero

Man’s first pictorial subjects were animals. The first material used for painting was probably the very blood of animals.

The metamorphic relationship of man who sees in the animal his alter ego has faded, but it remains fundamental to the understanding of the self. A mammal’s journal is a Manifesto of belonging to the natural world

@ MLB Maria Livia Brunelli Gallery, Ferrara, Italy. Until May 15th 2021.

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May 2021 | Marina Caneve

Are They Rocks or Clouds?

The project analyzes the territory of the Dolomites – an area deeply wounded by the hydrogeological disaster of 1966 – to further research about the climate crisis that is undermining our planet.

The series is featured in the collective exhibition “Not Only History, But Our Memories” by Podbielski Contemporary.

@ Podbielski Contemporary, Milano, Italy. From April 28th.

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May 2021 | Cédric Gerbehaye, John Vink

71 / 21

To mark the 50th anniversary of Médecins Sans Frontières, the organization, in partnership with the SNCF, is hosting the 71|21 exhibition, which retraces the key events in its history through a series of emblematic photos taken by committed photographers.

MAPS members Cédric Gerbehaye and John Vink are among them.

@ Gare de Lyon, Paris, from April 30 to June 30.

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May 2021 | Hannah Reyes Morales

Award – Living Lullabies

Hannah Reyes Morales’ “Living Lullabies” project won first place for the Cultural Practices category for Pictures of the Year Asia.

In cultures around the world, the songs that coax kids to sleep are windows into parents’ hopes, fears, and dreams for the future.

» See the full story, published on National Geographic

April 2021 | Dominic Nahr

Fukushima 10 years Anniversary

Dominic Nahr was in Fukushima shortly after the 2011 nuclear disaster. His photos show the silence and devastation, in the immediate aftermath and years later.

Interview on the Swiss TV channel SRF.

April 2021 | MAPS members

Earth Day

On the occasion of Earth Day, on April 22nd, MAPS highlights several photographic works addressing current climate issues.
Climate change, environmental disasters and local solutions or global democratic protests – our photographers have documented different aspects of the single most important issue of our generation.

See the Instagram Guide here

April 2021 | Ashfika Rahman

Files of the Disappeard

The “COLLABORATION > CONTROL” exhibition explores engaged collaboration as a potential strategy for both complicating and seeking to overcome photography’s intrinsic position as a tool of power, control and historically, domination.

Ashfika Rahman’s “Files of the Disappeared” portrays victims of political injustice in Bangladesh.

@ Format, online photography festival. From March 21st 2021 to March 5th 2023.

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March 2021 | MAPS members

CHAGRA educational program

CHAGRA’s objective is to create a network of independent visual narrators, to increase their capacity to depict the consequences of armed conflict, environmental upheavals and migration issues in their own communities and territories.

Educational program organized by the Colombian association Baudó, in collaboration with MAPS, designed for indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities.

5 MAPS photographers and creatives took part in a cycle of virtual seminars dedicated to innovation in visual storytelling.

With the interventions of:
João Pina ;
Eefje Ludwig ;
Daniel Berehulak
;
& Chiqui Garcia.

Mentoring by Nicolas Janowski.

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March 2021 | Matt Stuart

‘Think Like a Street Photographer’ Book release

Street photography may look like luck, but you have to stack the odds in your favour if you want to come back with a ‘keeper’.

From understanding how to be invisible on a busy street, to discovering opportunities in the chaos of a crowd, Matt Stuart reveals the hard-won skills and secrets that have led to his best photographs.

Book available from 11th March 2021.

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March 2021 | Alessandro Penso

Picture of the Year Award

Alessandro Penso is a finalist in the Picture of the Year competition for the World Understanding Award for his long-term project “European Dream”.
He was also a finalist
in the category COVID-19 Personal Expression for his series “Stay Home“.

More information

March 2021 | MAPS members

Photographs & Glances

The artists, curators, and partners of the EN QUÊTE exhibition, of which the Given Data collective project is a part, share their singular gaze on an exhibited photograph, in short videos produced by the Institut pour la photographie.

With the participations of Laetitia Ganaye, Matthieu Gafsou, Chiqui Garcia & Simona Ghizzoni.

February 2021 | Simona Ghizzoni

A Personal Matter

Simona Ghizzoni curated a series of online conversations on documentary photography.

The very first session was with fellow MAPS photographer Dominic Nahr. A second online discussion was held with Justyna Mielnikiewicz.

February 2021 | Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Prince Claus Fund

The first edition of a grant and educative program for female photographers – “How Technology can Improve Women’s Lives”  – was curated by Justyna Mielnikiewicz.

The project was implemented by Tbilisi Photo Festival in a partnership with Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum and is now supported by the Prince Claus Fund for the 3 upcoming years.

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February 2021 | João Pina

The Useful Photographer

Together, Joao Pina and Fred Ritchinconsidered the role of photography moving forward: The Useful Photographer.

Conversation organized by the Arts Arena in partnership with Columbia University’s Institute for Ideas and Imagination and Columbia Global Centers | Paris.

» Re-watch the discussion

February 2021 | Marina Caneve

“The Valley Between Peaks and Stars” book release

Osservatorio Cortina 2021 is an artistic research project in which the territory and the events planned for the 2021 Alpine Ski World Championship in Cortina were examined through photography.
Book by Marina Caneve & Gianpaolo Arena.
More info on the editor’s website
February 2021 | Marina Caneve

”Di roccia, fuochi e avventure sotterranee” book release

Marina Caneve’s book on the metro line that is to connect Athens airport to the port of Piraeus weaves a complex forest of themes, linked to the relationship between the city, contemporary design and historical memory.

Views of the city and the construction site alternate with archaeological finds, cores and elements of excavation machinery.

“Di roccia, fuochi e avventure sotterranee” is a six-volume box set. Six photographic essays – the first five volumes document construction sites in Athens, Oslo, Hanoi, Sydney and Brenner, each by a different photographer. The sixth book brings together a selection of photographs from Ghella’s historical archives.

Published with Quodlibet.

More information here.

January 2021 | MAPS members

Looking back on 2020

As a new year begins, MAPS members reflect on the year gone by.

Photographers and creatives have selected images that represent 2020. In a short video, they describe what they mean to them personally, to their community, or what they evoke of the overall context we live in.

Discover these images of 2020, commented on by MAPS members in short videos.

January 2021 | MAPS members

2020 in pictures

Together or apart. Silent or in a roar. Inside or outside. There will always be moments to capture.

This was 2020.

Best wishes and happy new year from all MAPS members

January 2021 | John Trotter

Trump’s Legacy

Upon his arrival at the White House, Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders to counter Trump’s legacy.
Retrospective on 4 years of demonstrations, through the images of John Trotter.
December 2020 | MAPS members

Migration

On the occasion of the International Migration Day, on December 18th, MAPS highlights several photographic works, addressing exoduses, displacements and havens.

Different territories, stories and perspectives, highlighted and linked to grasp one of the most critical issues of this past decade.

See the selected stories here

December 2020 | Simona Ghizzoni

Joint exhibition on pollution

Joint exhibition of Gaël Turine and Simona Ghizzoni, at Géopolis, the center of photojournalism in Brussels, Belgium.
Two visual approaches to address a common theme: the impact of pollution of and human activity on our environment.
The exhibited series are :
Wounded Rivers by Gaël Turine
Rêve Géologique by Simona Ghizzoni
More information here
November 2020 | Dominic Nahr

Book release “I Am Alive”

Dominic Nahr and the children’s rights organization Save The Children came together to produce “I Am Alive”, a photobook presenting the stories of eleven people who experienced and survived war as children.
324 pages. Published by Kerber Verlag (en/de)

Order here

October 2020 | MAPS members

MAPS welcomes new members

We are thrilled to announce that five photographers have joined our group: Daniel Berehulak, Marina Caneve, Nicolas Janowski, João Pina & Ashfika Rahman, as well as a creative : Walé Oyéjidé.
They all share the values and ambitions of MAPS, and with their diverse approaches, backgrounds and experiences, they will contribute to expanding our vision through multidisciplinary collaborations.
See more in this video and read about them in our November newsletter.