About the exhibition
The permanent collection of the MUDEC – Museum of Cultures has been enhanced by a brand-new display area, the MUDEC PHOTO, where photography takes centre stage. American photographer Steve McCurry – known for his impactful reportages during wars and natural catastrophes – inaugurates this new area with his photo exhibition Steve McCurry Animals featuring a selection of 60 iconic shots, taken in different parts of the world and cultures, and including masterpieces and less-known images analysing the relationship between men and animals in daily life and the way they influence each other.
The exhibition, curated by Biba Giacchetti, conjures up an accurate research qand artistic analysis and the peerless narrative power of photography, considered the ‘eighth art’. The featured shots are focused on important clusters, such as the interpretation of animals as a working instrument, as pets or as the protagonists of a massive food farming chain, offering insightful highlights on the consequences of the actions carried out by men of the local plant and animal lives.
Steve McCurry and animals
Steve McCurry’s photographic relationship with animals started in 1992 when he was asked to head to the area of the Gulf to document the terrific impact of the ongoing conflict on the environment and on animals in the areas involved in the war. Since then, McCurry’s lenses have captured myriad stories, with a specific focus on the most fragile and neglected human and animal categories.
Considered as a resource for work, even in despicable conditions, seldom exploited in misery or considered as life companions and friends that relieve pain and loneliness, animals are considered fundamental to men and are represented with a human and empathic attitude by the internationally-acclaimed photographer.