Spectators sitting in a circle, a dirt ground, saturated music, and two opponents (Fagnorolahy) facing each other. That is the atmosphere of the "Moraingy".
Originally this traditional combat practiced by the Sakalava (coastal ethnic group of Madagascar) was used as a game, as a means of defense, and as a training for war.The fights are held on Sunday afternoon and on holidays. Here fair play is required and the opponent is not seen as an enemy but a way to build themselves. Thus the Moraingy shows the Fihavanana, malagasy's philosophy of solidarity and friendship.Over time the Moraingy became a show generating money, some combatants are now Stars and some try to professionalize the sport.Fagnorolahy is an important figure, he comes and fights for his community but also for him. He dances, parade, shook his fist, and receives money from spectators when he fought well. He represents his village, but also himself, and his performance in combat. But Fihavanana does not allow arrogance, and impose humility.
Rinko Kawauchi> (b. 1972, Japan) has had major solo exhibitions at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo; Aperture Gallery, New York; Contemporary Museum, Kumamoto; and the Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna. In 2013 she was awarded the the 29th Higashikawa Award, Domestic Photographer Award and received the Art Encourage Prize for New Artist from the Ministry of Education. Her works are part of the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, amongst others.
They’re exceptional pictures, taken between 1972 and 1981 by a young artist who was her own muse. But Woodman’s slow-burning self-portraits are the precise opposite of a glib selfie. Long exposures obscure her identity, which recedes as the figures migrate from body to blur. These pictures don’t give a damn about getting likes.
The Soldier portraits were made with the cooperation of the military at Fort Drum army base. The soldiers I met were between tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. In making these portraits, I hoped to photograph the invisible. I thought that by looking in the face of a young person who had witnessed something unforgettable we might imagine what he had seen or done, or not done. Although the implication of being shot down was likely not lost on these young men and women, the pose is also a intimate - like seeing someone opposite you with his or her head on the pillow.
Eduardo L Rivera is an artist whose work functions at the intersection of photography and personal narratives. He has exhibited throughout the United States, including the Houston Center for Photography, the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, the Center for Fine Art Photography, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and the Tucson Museum of Art. Additionally, his work has been featured in various publications such as Hyperallergic, theFinancial Times weekend magazine and has been awarded artist-in-residence positions in Brazil and India. Most recently, he was named a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Photography for 2017. Eduardo holds a B.F.A in Photography from Arizona State University and a M.F.A in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art. He currently lives and works between Boston and Phoenix.
Stephen Shore's work has been widely published and exhibited for the past forty-five years. He was the first living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York since Alfred Stieglitz, forty years earlier. He has also had one-man shows at George Eastman House, Rochester; Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and Art Institute of Chicago. In 2017, the Museum of Modern Art opened a major retrospective spanning Stephen Shore's entire career. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His series of exhibitions at Light Gallery in New York in the early 1970s sparked new interest in color photography and in the use of the view camera for documentary work.
More than 25 books have been published of Stephen Shore's photographs including Uncommon Places: The Complete Works; American Surfaces; Stephen Shore, a retrospective monograph in Phaidon's Contemporary Artists series; Stephen Shore: Survey and most recently, Factory: Andy Warhol and Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973-1981. In 2017, the Museum of Modern Art published Stephen Shore in conjunction with their retrospective of his photographic career. Stephen also wrote The Nature of Photographs, published by Phaidon Press, which addresses how a photograph functions visually. His work is represented by 303 Gallery, New York; and Sprüth Magers, London and Berlin. Since 1982 he has been the director of the Photography Program at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where he is the Susan Weber Professor in the Arts.
Colombian photographer Faber Franco likes to play with hidden characters that only partly reveal themselves to the viewer. His images have a dreamy and melancholic feel to it while he also experiments with surreal settings and playful elements. Most of his photographs are self-portraits. You can see more of his works on his Flickr.
Laura Stevens (b. 1977 England, UK) is a photographer currently based in Paris. Her work has been exhibited internationally at numerous galleries and festivals, at institutions including The Schneider Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, The Centre for Fine Art Photography, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, The Singapore International Photography Festival and Fotofever, with work represented in private collections. Stevens has received many accolades for her work, she was awarded as a Flash Forward Emerging Photographer by the Magenta Foundation in 2012, was a Critical Mass Top 50 winner in 2014, received a special distinction in the LensCulture Emerging Talents Award in the same year and was a finalist in The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize in 2013 and 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Design from Leeds Metropolitan University, and a Master’s degree in Photography from the University of Brighton.
Peter Holliday is a Scottish photographer living and working in Helsinki. After graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2015, Peter was one of 20 graduates selected by Creative Review for their UK-wide Talent-Spotting feature in association with JCDecaux. His work has appeared in publications such as the British Journal of Photography, Wired, It's Nice That, and Der Greif. In 2015 Peter was invited to exhibit his series Where the Land Rises at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography. In 2016 his work was shown at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. Most recently Peter was nominated for the Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers Award 2017. He is currently studying MA Photography at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.