Being: New Photography 2018 at The Museum of Modern Art, March 18, 2018 – August 19, 2018

“The Museum of Modern Art presents Being: New Photography 2018, the latest presentation in MoMA’s celebrated New Photography exhibition series. Since its inception in 1985, New Photography has introduced more than 100 artists from around the globe, and it is a key component of the Museum’s contemporary program. Every two years, New Photography presents urgent and compelling ideas in recent photography and photo-based art. This year’s edition, Being, asks how photography can capture what it means to be human. The exhibition includes over 80 new and recent works by 17 artists from eight countries. While at various stages in their careers, all are presenting their work at the Museum for the first time.

At a time when questions about the rights, responsibilities, and dangers inherent in being represented—and in representing others—are being debated around the world, the works featured in Being call attention to assumptions about how individuals are depicted and perceived. Many challenge the conventions of photographic portraiture, or use tactics such as masking, cropping, or fragmenting to disorient the viewer. In others, snapshots or found images are taken from their original context and placed in a new one to reveal hidden stories. While some of the works might be considered straightforward representations of individuals, others do not include images of the human body at all. Together, they explore how personhood is expressed today, and offer timely perspectives on issues of privacy and exposure; the formation of communities; and gender, heritage, and psychology.” — MoMA

Installation photographs by Corrado Serra.

Adelita Husni-Bey. The Council, 2018

Andrzej Steinbach. Untitled from the series Figur I, Figur II, 2015

Andrzej Steinbach. Untitled from the series Gesellschaft beginnt mit drei, 2017

Aida Muluneh. Left to right: Fragments, The Morning Bride, Strength in Honor, The Departure, 2016

Left: Paul Mpagi Sepuya. A Sitting for Matthew, 2015. Center and right: Em Rooney. Pictures, Keychains, Freedom Ladder2016; Elliot2015; Outer Frame for Elliot (The Sawdust Ring), 2015

Left: Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Left to right: Untitled, 2017; A Ground (0083), 2015; Mirror Ground Study (_1990600), 2016

Huong Ngo and Hong-An Truong. The opposite of looking is not invisibility. The opposite of yellow is not gold, 2016

Stephanie Syjuco. Left to right: Cargo Cults: Head Bundle, Cargo Cults: Java Bunny, 2013-16

Left: Shilpa Gupta. Untitled, 2014. Right: Stephanie Syjuco. Cargo Cults: Basket Woman, 2013-16

Front: Carmen Winant. My Birth, 2018

Harold Mendez. Left to right: At the edge of the Necrópolis, Consent not to be a single being, Sin nombre, 2017-18

B. Ingrid Olson. Left to right: Felt Angle, box for standing, 2017; Headbox, 2017; Model for a folded room, bound girdle, 2017

B. Ingrid Olson. Left to right: Firing Distance, Surrounding Bone, 2016; Mutter: skeleton of the house under construction, 2017

Sofia Borges. Left to right: Yellow Chalk, 2017; Painting, Brain and Face, 2017

Joanna Piotrowska. Left to right: XXXI, FROWST, 2013-14; Untitled, 2016; XXIII, FROWST, 2013-14; Untitled, 2016; XXXIII, FROWST, 2013-14

Being: New Photography 2018 is organized by Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography.