Photo Vogue Festival 2020, the program – Italian Cuisine

Given the general uncertainty caused by the Covid -19 pandemic (in particular regarding the rules of social distance), the heart of the fifth edition of the Photo Vogue Festival (PVF), organized by Vogue Italia, moves to a specially designed digital platform for the event and designed by MONOGRID studio, which will host, in addition to the exhibitions, live talks, screenings and portfolio reviews:


The platform presents, in a visionary way, the main exhibitions of PVF 2020 in full version: All in this together and In the picture – Shifting perspectives in fashion photography.

Until November 30, 2020, a selection of photographs from the two exhibitions is also exhibited outdoors, on the gates of the perimeter of the Porta Venezia Gardens, to interface and interact with the city of Milan.

The exhibitions are visible in the key points of the city of Milan on Maxi Led Urban Vision until November 22nd.

As with every previous edition, the festival is a unique opportunity for fashion and photography enthusiasts to get in touch with professionals in the sector, from artists to curators, and learn more about the contemporary photographic landscape.


From 19 to 22 November, the Photo Vogue Festival platform will be animated by conversations about photography in all its forms and by projections made by Magnum Photos, PHmuseum and Slideluck Editorial.

In line with the mission of the PVF, the talks of this edition will range from photojournalism to fashion photography, dealing with pressing and current issues such as: representation and empowerment, black voices in Italy and in the international fashion system, the evolution of the representation of people with disabilities and gender identity in the media, the analytical reading of news photographs, the impact exerted on professional photography by sharing images on social media and that of the moment of uncertainty we are going through on art and publishing.



Opening Live

With Emanuele Farneti, Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia, Alessia Glaviano, Artistic Director of the PVF, Francesca Marani, Curator of the PVF, Chiara Bardelli Nonino, Curator of the PVF, and the photographers: Romina Ressia, Kiki Xue, Justine Tjallinks, David PD Hyde, David uzochukwu, Isabelle Martinez, Hajar Benjida, Guoman Liao, Melissa Alcena, Mous Lamrabat, Sam Gregg, Prarthna Singh, Supranav Dash, Timo Kerber, Wulf Bradley, Christine anderson, Alexandra Von Fuerst, Camila Falquez, Nadine Ijewere, Ruth Ossai.

A video presentation of the 30 artists of the All in this together exhibition will be shown:

Miloushka Bokma | Kennedi Carter | Imraan Christian | Jasmine Clarke | Imogen Freeland | Jillian Freyer | Julia Fullerton-Batten | Devashish Gaur | Emma Hartvig | Neha Hirve | Sophie Kietzmann | M’hammed Kilito | Anu Kumar | Hassan Kurbanbaev | Andras Ladocsi | Myles Loftin | Daniel Jack Lyons | Amber Pinkerton | Bettina Pittaluga | Roselena Ramistella | Luis Alberto Rodriguez | Kirstin Schmitt & Juan A. Otamendiz | Aki-Pekka Sinikoski | Cécile Smetana Baudier | Leonard Suryajaya | Nick Van Tiem | Silvana Trevale

| Isabelle Wenzel | Devin Yalkin | Alice Zoo


2.00 pm – 3.00 pm TOMORROW'S WOMEN TODAY
A conversation between Clara Melchiorre, Sara Rattaro and Alessia Glaviano

An Audi signed meeting dedicated to the theme of women in the arts. Thanks to the comparison between the photographer Clara Melchiorre, chosen by Audi and Vogue Italia to create an ad hoc shooting for the PVF 2020, the writer Sara Rattaro and Alessia Glaviano, artistic director of the festival, will talk about female empowerment and creativity, outlining the profile of today's “progressive women”. It will also be an opportunity to explore the inspirations and motivations underlying the work of the two creative protagonists of the talk.

Talk in Italian


15.00 – 16.00 ART IS IN THE DETAILS
A conversation between Alessia Glaviano, Cristiano Portis, Viola Arrivabene, German Larkin and the co-founders of Simple Flair, Simona Flacco and Riccardo Crenna

Meeting dedicated to the discovery of 1895 Coffee Designers by Lavazza, the new brand of the Turin Group in which craftsmanship and technological innovation come together to create Specialty Coffee of absolute excellence. Cristiano Portis (Coffee Designer 1895 and Arabica Q grader), Viola Arrivabene (Co-founder and Creative Director ViBi Venezia), German Larkin (Photographer) and Simple Flair – Riccardo Crenna and Simona Flacco (Co-founder Simple Flair and Studio Modulo), moderated by the artistic director of the PVF Alessia Glaviano, they will explore the universe of 1895 Coffee Designers by Lavazza between insights into the culture of coffee and sharing of human and professional experiences.

Talk in Italian

16.00 – 17.00
A conversation between Bettina Rheims and Alessia Glaviano

Since the 1980s, Bettina Rheims has tirelessly produced work of extraordinary quality that explores and investigates the female body, but also issues of identity and gender. A pioneering activity that makes her an example for a new generation of photographers. Looking back over her forty-year career, in this conversation Bettina Rheims and Alessia Glaviano will discuss the origins of the female gaze.

Talk in English

17.00 – 18.00
30 QUESTIONS WITH: Floria Sigismondi

A special guest is invited to answer 30 questions on art, fashion and life. Q&A with the artist Floria Sigismondi.

Talk in English

A conversation between Ben Ditto and Arca with Chiara Bardelli Nonino

In an era in which identity has become one of the only shared lenses through which to interpret the present and imagine the future, a group of innovative artists and thinkers are exploring a dimension in which the very notion of humanity is restrictive and obsolete. Taking into account the fact that a growing part of our existence is lived online, and genetics and biotechnology will soon be able to take us to the extremes of human nature, director Ben Ditto and musician Arca are already exploring through disparate means (ranging from photography , to video, from performance to fashion and beauty) new definitions of the concept of identity, blurring the boundaries of each category and giving light to a new radical posthuman iconography. The conversation will take place after the screening of an exclusive video created ad hoc that analyzes the theme from an artistic point of view.

Talk in English

19.00 – 20.00
A conversation between Fred Ritchin, Nathan Jurgenson and Alessia Glaviano

Smartphones and social media have introduced new ways of thinking about photography, while artificial intelligence threatens its credibility while proposing new potential uses. Is photography still a way to look at and explore the world, or has it become something else? This paradigm shift is the subject of a discussion between Fred Ritchin, one of the greatest minds in critical thinking on photography, Nathan Jurgenson, sociologist and social media theorist, and Alessia Glaviano, Artistic Director of PVF.

Talk in English

20.00 – 21.00
PHOTOS 2020 – in conversation with Alessia Glaviano and Shannon Ghannam

Shannon Ghannam, Global Education Director of Magnum Photos, and Alessia Glaviano, Artistic Director of PVF, present the five new nominees of the most famous photographic agency in the world, Magnum Photos. With the same universal creative spirit as their predecessors, including founders Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, the work of Khalik Allah, Sabiha Çimen, Colby Deal, Yael Martínez and Hannah Price demonstrates the constant evolution, and persistent necessity , of documentary photography.

Talk in English


15.00 – 16.00
A conversation between Angelo Boccato, Valeria Cherchi and Ilaria Conti

The talk deals with the theme of social justice in the context of contemporary photography, independent art and journalism. Guests will discuss their work and develop a dialogue regarding the dualism of mass media-silence and issues of generational consciousness. Can we speak of media indifference as a new silence? To what extent is it important to take a clear stand in the historical dimension in which we live?

Talk in English

16.00 – 17.00
A conversation between Igiaba Scego, Esther Elisha and Alessia Glaviano

In the collective imagination, the black body is often seen as "aggressive". If we then think of the female body, the representation of the body immediately materializes in metaphors of a sexual nature. The residue of a colonial legacy, Italian racism, radically different from the American one, is profoundly influenced by its past and by the contradictory relationship with Africa. Igiaba Scego, an Italian writer of Somali origin, and Esther Elisha, an Italian-Beninese actress, discuss the representation of the black body in Italy between stereotypes, empowerment and generational changes.

Talk in Italian

17.00 – 18.00
Read pictures with Michael Shaw and Cara Finnegan. Moderator Rica Cerbarano

By mirroring commercial images, news photography has become a more creative and elegant narrative tool. Michael Shaw, editor of Reading the Pictures, and Professor Cara Finnegan, a photography and visual policy expert and a Reading the Pictures contributor, will explain how they read news photos and examine some ingenious examples of this kind of images. Founded in 2004, Reading the Pictures is the only non-profit organization dedicated to the daily analysis of news photographs.

Talk in English

18.00 – 19.00
A conversation between Samira Larouci, Mohamed Bourouissa and Hassan Hajjaj

By bringing together three industry insiders, we deepen the debate on what it means to be North African today. The visual identity and perception of North Africans – continually and erroneously labeled as "Arabs", "Middle Easterners" or simply "Muslims" – is articulated, complex and often deeply misunderstood, both in North Africa and in the areas of the diaspora. As Islamophobia is rampant in the West, affecting young North Africans around the world, we unveil the power of photography in subverting previously harmful stereotypes and re-appropriating Orientalist tropes through the prism of race, religion, class, gender and sexuality.

Talk in English

19.00 – 20.00
30 QUESTIONS WITH: Precious Lee

A special guest is invited to answer 30 questions on art, fashion and life. Q&A with model Precious Lee.

Talk in English

20.00 – 21.00
A conversation between Elisa Medde, editor of Foam, Laia Abril, Tanvi Mishra and Johny Pitts on the future of photography

A conversation on the evolution of our perception and our use of photography. Developing the theme of its latest issue, In Limbo, Foam Magazine invites three guests to reflect on how we are experiencing the two main issues of our time – the global pandemic and societal challenges – looking at how this could represent a fundamental opportunity to change our questions about photography, stopping asking “what photography is” and starting to consciously talk about “what photography can do” and “what we want photography to do”.

Talk in English


15.00 – 16.00
A conversation between Emanuele Coccia, Emanuele Farneti, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ferdinando Verderi

We are experiencing an unprecedented crisis, which has destroyed all certainty, forcing us to live in a suspended and sometimes surreal time. What will be the impact of this historical period on art and publishing? And what is the role of art and publishing at a time like this? In this discussion between leading figures on the international cultural scene, Emanuele Coccia, Emanuele Farneti, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ferdinando Verderi will try to analyze and contextualize the current situation, imagining future developments.

Talk in English

16.00 – 17.00 DESPITE DANCING.
A conversation between Marcella Manni, Francesco Bellina and Francesca Marani

Although Ballarò is the story of the casual and fortuitous meeting between Francesco Bellina and Antonio Marras through social networks during the lockdown, it is also the chronicle of two days in September in which the Sardinian designer and artist meets the Sicilian photographer – in the place that he defines home – and he lives with him, in a set that is as itinerant as it is alive, open and real. Despite Ballarò, it is appropriate to say, it was carried out in the historic and connoted district of the same name in Palermo: a project that combines social investigation and performance, upsets the canons of fashion photography and photojournalism and approaches a community, its habits and conventions with a discreet, lucid and ironic eye, without rhetoric.

Talk in Italian

17.00 -18.00
A conversation between Munroe Bergdorf, Kai-Isaiah Jamal and Otamere Guobadia

What does it mean to be transgender? What is the whole spectrum of the identity of trans people? And how is it represented in the fashion industry and in the media? While these conversations are finally gaining general attention, the urgency to address this issue by relying on a sense of community is more evident – and necessary – than ever. Munroe Bergdorf, Kai-Isaiah Jamal and Otamere Guodabia will outline the key elements to consider in the future.

Talk in English

18.00 -19.00
A conversation between Willy Ndatira, Pierre A. M’Pelé, Adebayo Oke-Lawal and Charlene Prempeh

As a community within a larger community, this open and sincere discussion aims to explore the future role of blacks in the creative industries. As a community, what is our local and global vision? What creative images and spaces do we want to create for ourselves and for the world? The discussion moves from different perspectives: Pierre M’Pelé is a journalist and fashion critic based in Paris; Charlene Prempeh, based in London, has worked in the art field and is now involved in media and technology; Adebayo Oke-Lawal is a designer based in Lagos, Nigeria, and Willy Ndatira is a London-based creative consultant, writer and publisher.

Talk in English

19.00 – 20.00
a conversation between Aaron Philip, Claudia Walder and Alessia Glaviano

Welcoming gender fluidity, the diversity of bodies and types of beauty, regardless of race and ethnic group, is an achievement that is changing the aesthetic standards of our time, thereby helping to change our cultural and identity codes in terms of of inclusiveness, openness and dialogue. However, much remains to be done, for example, with regards to the representation of disability, a theme dear to Photo Vogue Festival and its artistic director Alessia Glaviano since its first edition. Together with Aaron Philip, the first model with disabilities chosen as the face of a major high fashion brand, and Claudia Walder, editor, creative director and disability activist, Glaviano will talk about the changes we are witnessing in the representation of people with disabilities in the fashion industry.

Talk in English

20.00 – 21.00
30 QUESTIONS WITH: Carlos Nazario

A special guest is invited to answer 30 questions on art, fashion and life. Q&A with fashion editor Carlos Nazario.

Talk in English

Saturday 21 November talented photographers, selected by the editorial staff of Vogue Italia, will be given the opportunity to virtually have their portfolio viewed by esteemed curators, gallery owners and photo editors from all over the world.

Portfolio readers:

Alessia Glaviano, Amber Terranova, Astrid Sokona Lepoultier, Azu Nwagbogu, Bernadette Tuazon, Bruno Ceschel, Chiara Bardelli Nonino, Federica Chiocchetti, Giulia Zorzi, Giuseppe Oliverio, Ihiro Hayami, James Estrin, Jean-François Leroy, Jehan Jillani, Jenny Smets, Karly Domb Sadof, Kathy Ryan, Kira Pollack, Lars Lindemann, Lekgetho Makola, Maddalena Scarzella, Maggie Steber, Maria Teresa Salvati, Melissa Harris, Michael Famighetti, Michael Van Horne, Olfa Feki, Olivier Laurent, Paul Moakley, Renata Ferri, Sadie Quarrier, Sarah Leen, Shannon Ghannam, Sorana Munsya, Willy Ndatira

The event is sponsored by the Municipality of Milan and is made possible thanks to the support of the following partners:

Audi, for the fifth consecutive year, is Official Partner of the Photo Vogue Festival. The House of the Four Rings continues its collaboration with Vogue Italia to identify and support the talents of contemporary photography, aware of the importance of creativity in the field of innovation.

The artists, thanks to an out of the ordinary sensitivity, are able to read the present with a keen eye and, at the same time, to intuit and shape the future. A vision also of Audi, attentive to the design of cars with an unconventional personality, such as the new Audi Q2: an urban SUV where style and cutting-edge technology merge, thanks to the perfect synthesis of high driving pleasure, sophisticated design and advanced connectivity . The new Audi Q2 is much more than a car. It is a companion that improves life, a perfect car for everyday life that turns into a Personal Accelerator for those who drive it. Especially for all those independent women who love to achieve their goals without sacrificing elegance and style: the Audi Q2 best reflects this ambition, presenting refined aesthetics and a sensitivity to technological innovation that does not give up on emotions. With these women in mind, Audi and Vogue Italia have identified a young Italian photographer capable of telling the different facets of the female world through her images: Clara Melchiorre. For the PVF, the artist has created an unprecedented service that pays homage to "progressive women": all those women who, thanks to their choices, become the bearers of change, inspiring and shaping the reality that surrounds them.

The images will be visible on the digital platform of the Photo Vogue Festival from November 19th.

During the days of the event on the PVF platform there will be a meeting moderated by the Brand Visual Director of Vogue Italia Alessia Glaviano and dedicated to 1895 Coffee Designers by Lavazza, the new brand of the Turin Group in which craftsmanship and technological innovation come together to give life to Specialty Coffee of absolute excellence. It will be an opportunity to meet protagonists from the world of art and food, who will guide viewers on a journey to discover the universe of 1895 Coffee Designers by Lavazza. Keywords of this meeting? Excellence, innovation and sustainability, values ​​that unite the Piedmontese brand with the fashion magazine.

New York-based photographer and floral designer Doan Ly, founder of the a.p. bio, was chosen by Vogue Italia e Xerjoff, a prestigious Turin-based research fragrance brand, to interpret five of the brand's iconic perfumes with its artistic sensitivity: Amber & Rose, Erba Pura, Golden Green, Irisss and More than Words. The result is dreamlike still life that evokes, thanks to lush colors and shapes, the olfactory and visual sensations that only Xerjoff perfumes can give, thanks to the unmistakable mix of high quality olfactory dimensions and sophisticated design.

Xiaomi, world leader in technology, and Vogue Italia have chosen photographer Riccardo Dubizzante to highlight the full potential of the flagship model of the Mi 10T smartphone family. Through 6 photographs with a strong expressive quality, Dubettante has experienced the infinite creative possibilities offered by the incredible features and new filters of the Mi 10T Pro photographic software, including Clone, Long Exposure, Light Painting and Cyberpunk. Through these fashion photography images taken with Mi 10T Pro it is in fact possible to appreciate the extraordinary quality of the camera compartment capable of making the subjects represented unique for the eyes of the beholder.

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