Alex Majoli: SKĒNĒ

Main Gallery

February 16 - April 1

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #6404, Cairo, Egypt, Celebrating Mubarak's resignation in Tahir Square, February 11, 2001
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #2424, Republic of Congo, Pygmy woman, 2013
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #0196, Weissach-im-tal, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, burnt down house that was to be used as housing for refugees, 2015
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #2135, Idomeni, Greece, refugee camp that has grown from a simple transition point to a full-blown camp where around 14,000 refugees live, 2016
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #1095, Pointe Noire, Congo, Market, 2013
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #8040, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Police, June 17, 2014
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #8159, Republic of Congo, Kimbanguists gathering, 2013
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #0435, Republic of Congo, 2013
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #2880, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Elisabete Cristina at the reception of ”de bracos alberto,” one of the few NGO's helping crack addicts in ”cracolandia”, 2014
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
47 1/8 x 35 3/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #9539, Brazil, Maria, 2010
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #60410, Lesbos, Greece, Refugees and migrants arriving on Lesbos Island, 2015
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 3/16 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #8041, Republic of Congo, Evangelist, 2013
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #2233, Tulas village, district of Sindhudurgh, India, 2015
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #0525, Pointe Noire, Congo, Funeral of a 13 year old girl, 2013
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 3/16 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #0308, Lesbos, Greece, Refugees and migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia arrive on the northern shores of Lesbos after their journey from the Turkish coast, September 2015
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Alex Majoli SKĒNĒ - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2017

Scene #3304, Yi Xian, China, flooded local market due to last-minute shopping before New Year’s Eve, 2016
Archival pigment print; printed 2016
35 3/8 x 47 1/8 inches

Press Release

We wear masks that accommodate these fixed societal roles, and in that way we exist trapped in our own play. The only way to understand our complex reality, then, is to acknowledge and question the meaning of the theatrical elements that have constructed this play - our core societal narrative.” - Luigi Pirandello

 

NEW YORK – Alex Majoli documents the thin line between reality and theatre in a series of photographs, which will be on view from February 16 – April 1, 2017 at Howard Greenberg Gallery. The photographs, made in Congo, Egypt, Greece, Germany, India, China, and Brazil between 2010 and 2016, explore the human condition and call into question darker elements of society. The title of the exhibition, SKĒNĒ, refers to a structure forming the backdrop of an ancient Greek theatre. Majoli is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and the show is his first gallery exhibition in New York City. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 16 from 6-8 p.m.

 

Majoli’s experiences photographing people in many kinds of circumstances in numerous countries have led him to explore the idea of his subjects being actors in their own lives. His scenes depict the drama and pathos inherent in human struggles. A mother and father carry their ill son as they arrive as refugees on the Greek Island of Lesbos in 2015. Police are on guard against a crowd of Brazilian supporters of a cause in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2014. Mourners attend the funeral of a 13 year-old girl in Pointe Noire, Congo, in 2013. Majoli also captures reflective moments: an evangelist standing on the street in Congo

 

or a farmer working in a rice field in India. A detail of a house in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, shows that it has been charred by a fire. As it turns out, the home was to be given as housing to refugees before unknown assailants set fire to it.

 

Alex Majoli (b. Ravenna, Italy, 1971) attended the Art Institute in Ravenna, and while at school traveled to Yugoslavia a number of times to document political conflicts. He graduated in 1991. Three years later, his career began after he photographed the closing of a notorious asylum on the island of Leros in Greece, which resulted in his first monograph entitled Leros. In 1995, Majoli went to South America for several months, photographing a variety of subjects for his ongoing series on Brazil, Tudo Bom. He began the series Hotel Marinum in 1998 documenting life in harbor cities around the world. Also that year, he began making a series of short films and documentaries.

 

In 2001, Majoli became a member of Magnum Photos. His work is the subject of a number of books including Libera Me (Trolley Books, 2010), a photographic exploration of loss, separation, and paradise, and One Vote (Filigranes Editions, 2004), portraits from the Democratic National Convention. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2003 Infinity Award for Photojournalism from the International Center of Photography. Majoli lives in New York City.