After our successful 2017 and 2018 Paris Photo participations, we are delighted to return this year with works by a selected group of our highest caliber artists based and/or working in Asia, Australia, Europe, and South and North America. Our program has always been inclusive of women artists and this year we’re proud to include four of them in the seven exhibiting artists in keeping with Paris Photo’s commitment to promoting the visibility of women artists and their contribution to the history of photography. We believe in the power of art to connect us all together, and we hope our presentation will resonate with the increased sensitivity to issues of social justice, particularly about race and gender.
The following are our presentation's highlights:In an exquisite painterly manner, Bianca Sforni (b. 1963, Italian) captures chastity and temptation in a datura flower. Her crimson flower with yellow highlights features rich, saturated colors fixated through a 19th- century Ataraxia pigment transfer process, assuring the colors will last for more than 500 years. She
produced these images in the late1990s in one of the last Ataraxia studios in existence. This studio, which was in Philadelphia. closed a couple of years ago.
The late Rose Farrell (1949-2015) and George Parkin (1949-2012) worked as a duo in Melbourne for three decades. Starting in the mid-1980s, they explored dramatic photographic tableaux exploring arcane mysteries in pursuit of lost knowledge. For Paris Photo, we are honored to present three stunning Polaroid 20 x 24 portraits from 1989 in which, collaborating with a black female model (the actress Daphne Rubin-Vega), they brought to life a legendary dark-skinned Madonna, recreating the florid style typical of South American art of the Baroque period.
Karen Miranda Rivadeneira (b. 1983, American) an emerging artist of Ecuadorian descent, explores her heritage and spiritual connection to contemporary Latin American female shamans/healers through her photographic projects. Her recent MEDA series visually imagines the memories of the first women on earth against the backdrop of America’s southwestern deserts and the mountains of Ecuador.
Finally, in the rich tradition of Japanese photography blended with Zen philosophy, we introduce Hitoshi Fugo (b.1947, Japanese) with his acclaimed experimental series (1979-1994) which, in black-and-white photography, explores the universe in a surprisingly familiar object — a frying pan in his own kitchen.