Sundaram Tagore Gallery and Collective 88, in partnership with Ayala Museum, present The World We Live In: Through the Lens of Contemporary Photography, a specially curated exhibition that portrays how contemporary photographers document and interpret the world around us, creating images that are both aesthetically thrilling and deeply thought-provoking.
The exhibition includes five iconic photographers represented by Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Asia: Sebastião Salgado, Steve McCurry, Robert Polidori, Edward Burtynsky and Annie Leibovitz. These highly acclaimed individuals share a truly global perspective in their artistic endeavors, while individually crafting unique and often breathtaking visual narratives of key issues of contemporary culture.
About the Artists
Sebastião Salgado has made it his life’s work to document the impact of globalization on humankind. His black-and-white prints lay bare some of the bleakest moments of modern history as well as some of the planet’s last remaining wonders. In the past three decades, Salgado has traveled to more than one hundred countries for his photographic projects and devotes years to each series in order to grasp the full scope of his topic. Breaking down barriers, he lives with his subjects for weeks, immersing himself in their environments. Salgado describes this approach as photographing from inside the circle. Each of his images is infused with empathy and respect for his subjects.
Sebastião Salgado’s work has been the subject of solo shows at the Barbican Art Gallery, London; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Photographers’ Gallery and the Natural History Museum, London; and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. His Genesis exhibition, curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado, which has been traveling to museums worldwide, was most recently on view at the International Center of Photography in New York. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Magnum photographer Steve McCurry is best known for his evocative color images, many of which have become modern icons. He has travelled extensively around the globe to cover areas of international and civil conflict and document ancient traditions, vanishing cultures and contemporary culture. In each of his images he transcends cultural boundaries to capture the essence of human struggle, joy and unguarded moments. McCurry’s exquisite use of color and his unwavering commitment to retain the human element has made his images timelessly captivating.
Steve McCurry has been honored with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest. In 2013 the Minister of French Culture appointed him Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. Most recently, the Royal Photographic Society in London awarded McCurry the Centenary Medal for Lifetime Achievement. McCurry has scores of book and magazine covers and countless exhibitions to his credit.
Edward Burtynsky’s painterly, often abstract photographs, frequently shot from an aerial perspective, show the massive scale of environmental devastation. Burtynsky began photographing nature in the early 1980s. His early works were intimate explorations of Canada’s unspoiled landscapes. By the late 1980s, however, he began to investigate industrial incursions into land with arresting results.
Edward Burtynsky was recognized with a TED Prize in 2005. In 2006 he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. He holds six honorary doctorate degrees. In 2006, he was the subject of the award-winning documentary Manufactured Landscapes, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. His newest film, Watermark, debuted in 2013. His works are in the collections of more than fifty museums worldwide, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; The Photographer’s Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
Over a storied forty-year career, Annie Leibovitz has become best known for her portraits of public figures. Beginning her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, she joined the staff of Vanity Fair magazine in 1983. At Vanity Fair and later, Vogue, she developed a large body of work—portraits of actors, directors, writers, musicians, athletes, and political and corporate figures—that expanded her collective portrait of contemporary life.
Annie Leibovitz’s works are in important collections worldwide and she has exhibited at museums and galleries including the National Portrait Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the International Center ofPhotography in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris; the National Portrait Gallery in London; the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg; and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.
VENUE: Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue, De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Metro Manila, Philippines
About Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, established in 2000, is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. With spaces in New York City (Chelsea and Madison Avenue), Hong Kong and Singapore, the gallery was the first to focus exclusively on the rise of globalization in contemporary art. The gallery represents painters, sculptors and photographers from around the globe, who each work in diverse mediums and techniques, but share a passion for cross-cultural dialogue. The gallery is renowned for supporting cultural activities—including poetry readings, book launches, music performances and film screenings—that further its mission of East-West exchange. In 2015 the gallery curated and mounted Frontiers Reimagined, an exhibition of global art at the Venice Biennale.
Ayala Museum regularly calendars programs on history, contemporary art, music and design, including temporary exhibitions, lectures, artist and curator talks, workshops and performances.
Founded by art advisor Teresa Herrera, Collective 88 is a full-service art and design company that develops site-specific artworks and consulting services for hospitality, real estate and personal projects. Collective 88’s aim is to curate collections that inspire, innovate, elevate and activate environments for people who dwell in them, working closely with clients to collaborate on and execute their vision.
Discovery Primea, a five-star hotel, is the latest addition to The Discovery Leisure Company and stands along Ayala Avenue. The property is situated at the heart of the Makati Central Business District where commerce, leisure and culture converge. It is conveniently located within walking distance of the headquarters of top corporations and multinationals in the Central Business District of Makati and is also a five-minute drive from the newly established hubs and international firms in Fort Bonifacio Global City. For a taste of Manila’s cosmopolitan scene, it is in close proximity to Rustan’s Department Store, Greenbelt Mall, Glorietta Shopping Mall and the Ayala Museum.
The main architect of Discovery Primea is Kenzo Tange, who was awarded the highest honor in architecture, the Pritzker Prize. The classic Mediterranean Chinoiserie-inspired aesthetics of Discovery Primea are designed to be timeless and yet up to date with modern amenities. Comfort, functionality and style exude in the hotels rooms, suites and dining outlets.
Art Fair Philippines
Founded in 2013, Art Fair Philippines is the premier platform for exhibiting and selling the best in modern and contemporary Philippine visual art. The fair aims to mirror the vibrant local art scene and continue to generate support for Filipino art practitioners. Set in an alternative urban venue, Art Fair Philippines makes art accessible to enthusiasts and to those who want to discover one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting art landscapes.