Steve McCurry. Highlands
A show in Trento with 130 photos to reveal the mystique of the mountains
The story of a journey on the roof of the world, told through the gaze of a much-loved contemporary photographer whose images have become icons of our time. The exhibition “Steve McCurry. Highlands”, at Palazzo delle Albere in Trento from 19 June to 19 September 2021, is the American lensman’s latest original project dedicated to the mountains and their people. The 130 pictures tell of the symbiosis among humans, wildlife and landscape.
The exhibition was organised by MART (the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rovereto) and MUSE (Trento Science Museum) and produced with Sudest57, the Italian agency representing the top international photographers. It was conceived by Vittorio Sgarbi and Gabriele Accornero and curated by Biba Giacchetti, the founder of Sudest57, and MART curator Denis Isaia.
“Steve McCurry. Highlands”
An exhibition at Palazzo delle Albere, Trento
19 June – 19 September 2021
Immagine di copertina: Steve McCurry, Mongolia, 2018 ©Steve McCurry
The exhibition at Palazzo delle Albere
The exhibition spans two floors in the wonderful Renaissance setting of Palazzo delle Albere. The 130 photographs on display, some previously unpublished, evoke all the charm of the mountains with their proud inhabitants, stunning landscapes and spellbinding silences.
Afghanistan, Tibet, Mongolia, Japan, Brazil, Burma, Morocco, Yemen, the Philippines – a journey through the highlands of the globe in a memorable testament of peerless power to the soul of the mountains, the sanctity of the peaks and the resilience of the human spirit amid extreme conditions. It all offers ample food for thought about climate change, human impact and the need to roll back cultural colonialism.
McCurry’s work is suffused with a political spirit and a green and pacifist streak. His deep humanitarian commitment shines through in his portrayals of under-represented or marginalised cultures. In parallel with his photographic career, McCurry also supports literacy and empowerment projects for the poorest peoples in the world. For as he says, “The story of what is happening there becomes part of your story too.”
A feature of the exhibition is the Icons Room, offering a brief retrospective of McCurry’s career through eleven of his best-known images. The centrepiece is arguably his celebrated portrait of the Afghan girl with the hypnotic eyes from 1984.
Immagine: Steve McCurry, Wadi Rum, Jordan, 2019 ©Steve McCurry