“WOMEN: New Portraits”. A guided tour with Annie Leibovitz

Words by Carla Ingrasciotta
September 7, 2016

On Tuesday, September 6th Annie Leibovitz presented her new shots for the pop-up show commissioned by UBS, “Women: New Portraits” at Fabbrica Orobia, Milan.

My Art Guides joined the press preview and the guided tour with the photographer, introduced by Fabio Innocenzi, UBS Group Country Head Italy.
Annie is 67 but she looks full of strength and enthusiasm while talking about her project in collaboration with UBS, which she started in 1999 with Susan Sontag.
Her new work is a continuation of what she calls “a work in progress”. “WOMEN: New Portraits” reflects the changes in the roles of women today. The subject “women” is “big as an ocean”, Annie stated, but a challenging one as she is interested in dealing with the different issues and aspects that a theme like this may represents.

The exhibition is staged as a sort of installation in the renewed space of  the Fabbrica Orobia.
Annie moved us to the gallery, presenting her photos and explaining us the stories behind her amazing shots. She told us about her dream (which she realized) to have Serena Williams on Vogue’s cover, she asked us to suggest more women to be photographed and to be included her project, she explained how she tried to create a comfortable atmosphere with her women during the shooting. The portraits feature women of outstanding achievement including artists as Cindy Sherman, musicians as Adele or Patti Smith, CEOs, politicians, writers and philanthropists. In addition to the new photographs, the exhibition includes three screens with works from the original series, as well as other unpublished photographs taken since.

The exhibition tours 10 global cities in twelve months. Previous location were London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico City. The show will run in Milan from September 9th to October 2nd and will later travel to Frankfurt, New York and Zurich.

Exhibition opening hours:
Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
(last admission 5pm)
Friday late until 8pm
(last admission 7pm)

Fabbrica Orobia 15
Via Orobia, 15
20139 Milan, Italy

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