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PHOTOGRAPHY: LETTER TO THE PLANET AND THE WORLD #1

Genesis project

PHOTOGRAPHY: LETTER TO THE PLANET AND THE WORLD #1

Genesis project

Sebastião Salgado, one of the world's most important living photographers, has written his ‘love letter to the planet’ in the Genesis project

While the fresh breeze of the European Green Capital is blowing through Ljubljana's streets and squares, it warns, educates, raises awareness, reminds and improves life in our city. The Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana is attempting, through themes that touch our daily lives, to contribute new associations, multi-layered thinking, alternative beauty, to tell and important story in a universal language, and to touch the individual more deeply. As a professional fanatic about photography, its history and contemporary production, for such a thing I cannot think of a better example from the world of photography than the Genesis project by Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado.

During its formation, the author visited the most remote corners of our planet, documenting Arctic and desert landscapes, tropical rainforest, marine and other wildlife and people who still live in accordance with their ancient traditions. And this, currently one of the world's most sought-after photographic exhibitions, will be on display all summer long at the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana's Jakopič Gallery. Therefore, in this blog in the coming months, our colleagues will be considering what the role of photography is as a visual medium in raising awareness and changing the world and how Sebastião Salgado approached this theme. Even before we meet Genesis itself, we will comb the photographer's life and path in photo reportage, and in June, July and August when the exhibition is open, we will take a detailed look at twelve of his photographs.

Those that enjoy finding their way to the 'backstage' of projects, can start by listening to my discussion with Lenart J. Kučič and Marko Pirc, which we produced for their 'Photcast' at the following link

http://www.marsowci.net/fotkast/02/25/020-fotkast-sebastiao-salgado-poleti-prihaja-v-ljubljano/

That's surely enough for now, until next time when you will be joined by photographer Matevž Paternoster, who is used to being on the 'right' side of the lens.

 

THE AUTHOR

Marija Skočir

A historian of art and comparative literature, employed at the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana as a senior curator and head of the Jakopič and Vžigalica Galleries. Since 2008 she has curated and organised numerous exhibitions by Slovene and foreign photographers including Josef Koudelka, Roger Ballen, Lee Miller, an exhibition of photography by the MagnumPhotos agency as well as transparent and retrospective exhibitions by notable Slovene creators. She is working on her doctoral thesis on the history of photography. In partnership with Sebastião Salgado and Lélia Wanick Salgado she is currently preparing the Genesis exhibition, which will be open from 31 May to 31 August 2016 at the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana's Jakopič Gallery as one of the central cultural projects of Ljubljana – European Green Capital 2016.

PHOTO CREDITS:

HERO PHOTO: Elephants in Zambia, who are frequent victims of poachers, and are afraid of people and vehicles. If they see a car, they usually rapidly disappear into the bush. Kafue National Park, Zambia. 2010. ©Sebastião Salgado / Amazonasimages
PHOTO2: Tone Stojko
PHOTO3: MGML archive

 

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