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Malba – Fundacion Costantini announces Mario Testino: In Your Face

Malba – Fundacion Costantini presents Mario Testino: In Your Face on view 15 March–16 June 2014.

Mario Testino, Carmen Kass, Los Ángeles, 2009. Photograph. Allure. © Mario Testino.
Mario Testino, Carmen Kass, Los Ángeles, 2009. Photograph. Allure. © Mario Testino.
For the first time in Argentina, MALBA will present the work of Mario Testino, one of the world’s most prolific fashion and portrait photographers. The exhibition In Your Face—first shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2012—is an intimate and provocative insight into the different aspects of Testino’s work. It features many of his most audacious and daring pictures, giving the viewer close-up insight into his world through 122 personally selected images.

In Your Face juxtaposes some of Testino’s most well-known images from his many years working with magazines, including Vogue and Vanity Fair, and fashion houses such as Gucci and Versace, with candid and personal snapshots. The exhibition reflects the interplay of mass media, glamour and the icons of popular culture and, through its installation, offers the observer a more intimate and emotive connection with the works, their subjects, the artist himself and his fearless ability to let go.

The selection of works represents the idea of a permanent collection taken from a museum, where different artists and genres are hung together. The full range of Testino’s photographic career is shown here, with no one style prevailing over another, creating provocative contrasts and contradictions.

Testino has sequenced the works positioning formal portraits with private snapshots, nudes with fashion, black and white with color. They are displayed on a ledge to emphasize these juxtapositions, and to reinforce the reaction that one image brings after the other.

His unique style and intuitive ability to capture moments and create emotional connections have made Mario Testino one of the most well known photographers in the world. In Your Face gathers works that combine key elements of contemporary culture, inviting spectators to enter an aesthetically beautiful world of glamour, sensuality and sophistication.

Mario Testino is one of the world’s most influential photographers. Born in Lima, Peru, he moved to London in 1976, where he made his home and where he began his career. His vision has made him a much sought-after creative partner in the fashion and beauty industries today.

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