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Malala Yousafzai, Birmingham, England, 2015  © Annie Leibovitz from WOMEN: New Portraits, commissioned by UBS
Malala Yousafzai, Birmingham, England, 2015 © Annie Leibovitz from WOMEN: New Portraits, commissioned by UBS
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Annie Leibovitz's 'WOMEN: New Portraits' To Open In Milan

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Updated: 6 January 2017
Annie Leibovitz‘s compelling new exhibition, “WOMEN: New Portraits” is coming to Milan this September. The famed American portrait photographer has taken a new series of images that capture remarkable women involved in various fields around the world, including artists, musicians, politicians, philanthropists and CEOs.
Malala Yousafzai, Birmingham, England, 2015 © Annie Leibovitz from WOMEN: New Portraits, commissioned by UBS
Malala Yousafzai, Birmingham, England, 2015 | © Annie Leibovitz from WOMEN: New Portraits, commissioned by UBS

The exhibition will be held at Fabbrica Orobia 15, a historic industrial complex, from September 9th – October 2nd. Admission to the exhibition is free.

“WOMEN: New Portraits” is a continuation of a project Leibovitz undertook with author Sustan Sontag 15 years ago called “Women“. The new works presented in the exhibition reflect the changing roles of women in today’s contemporary society: portraits of Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg are showcased alongside works from the original series.

“Each one of these photographs is a novel; it is so amazing, there is a complete human story in every photograph,” said Leibovitz.

Annie Leibovitz, New York City, 2012 © Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz, New York City, 2012 | © Annie Leibovitz

Milan is one of 10 cities to host the traveling exhibition, which kicked off in London in January 2016. Indeed, the tour is not only remarkable for its strong imagery but also for its choice of venues — all of which have been unusual industrial spaces. Leibovitz noted that she preferred to showcase her works in spaces that were raw and “didn’t already have an identity”.

The new works were commissioned by UBS, the Swiss global financial services company, which has one of the largest corporate contemporary art collections in the world.

WOMEN: New Portraits

Fabbrica Orobia 15, Via Orobia 15, 20139 Milano, Italia

Runs September 9 – October 2 2016

Open daily Mon-Sun 10:00-18:00, Fri 10:00-20:00

Free Admission