Photograph © Artur Barrio   

Reina Sofia: Museo Nacional Centro De Arte   Brazilian artist Artur Barrio (winner of the Velázquez Prize for Plastic Arts in 2011) has been one the foremost figures of Action Art and conceptualisms in Latin America since he burst on to the Brazilian art scene in the late 1960s, at a time fraught with political tension and mounting repression under the military dictatorship. Interventions in public spaces and the search for a place of expression outside art institutions converge in this artist as a symbol of resistance to poeticise daily life, with the body of the artist the focal point of these actions in a critique of social coercion. 

Weaving together stories about affluence, beauty, body image, competition, corruption, fantasy, and excess, Greenfield’s sweeping project questions the distance between value and commodity in a globalized consumerist culture. Consisting of 25 years of work by Greenfield, who uses photography, oral history, and film to examine the pervasive influence of money, status and celebrity, the exhibition features nearly 200 photos, first-person interviews, and documentary film footage, forming an investigation of how the pursuit of wealth, and its elusive promises of happiness, has evolved since the late 1990s. At The ICP Museum  250 Bowery, New York, NY

"Not since the work of Josef Koudelka has this part of the world been rendered so intuitively and mysteriously. As the decisions and ramifications of realpolitik come bearing down on the lives of everyday people in Eastern Europe, the poetic reality of life is ignored; however, it flourishes for those brave enough to look into its shadows." — From the 'Passage' project. Fans of Fabio Sgroi can help to make his project a reality by visiting his page and making a donation:

How did the political thaw of 1953-68 feel to Russian capital? Find out through the prism of social life, science, cinema, literature, music and fine art. The exhibition includes canvas by Jury Zlotnikov, Alexander Labas, and other painters, "paper architecture” by NRE (New Resettlement Element—futuristic urban project), the World Exhibition 1967 samples, photos, jazz concerts records, first editions of collections by Evtushenko, Voznesensky, Sapgir, Rozhdestvensky, re-editions of works by Pasternak and Mandelstam, and many more. 

An American Season explores the themes of family, genealogy and identity in American photography, this collective exhibition presents intimate works by Richard Avedon, Harry Callahan, Elliot Erwitt, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Emmet Gowin, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Nicholas Nixon and W Eugene Smith. The photographs selected for the exhibition do not fit the traditional definition of ‘family pictures.' Rather, these are aesthetic representations of the complex interactions between the photographers and those close to them. At the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. 

Gypsies by Josef Koudelka, presented at The Museum of Photography in Seoul from December 17, 2016, to April 15, 2017, features the photographer’s stark images of Gypsy life. Taken between 1962 and 1971, Koudelka was drawn to the nomadic lifestyle, rituals and customs of the Romany Gypsies he encountered whilst taking on a nomadic lifestyle of his own, travelling through his native Czechoslovakia and beyond to rural Romania, Hungary, France and Spain.

Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection offers new perspectives on one of art’s oldest genres. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s holdings, the more than two hundred works in the exhibition show changing approaches to portraiture from the early 1900s until today. Portraits are one of the richest veins of the Whitney’s collection, a result of the Museum’s longstanding commitment to the figurative tradition, which was championed by its founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. 

A new exhibition on London’s Southbank features refugee crises past and present, bringing together 70 years of work by Magnum photographers. The exhibition is part of Amnesty’s I Welcome campaign which calls on the UK to share responsibility in responding to the refugee crisis, and marks the lead up to Magnum Photos’ 70th anniversary next year.

John Berger calls himself “a storyteller” and longtime friend Tilda Swinton calls him “a radical humanist.” The soft-spoken Berger is, in fact, a brilliant polymath: painter, art critic/historian (The Success and Failure of Picasso), Booker Prize-winning novelist (G), television host (Ways of Seeing), screenwriter (LA SALAMANDRE), essayist (A SEVENTH MAN), poet...  As Swinton peels apples and Berger draws her portrait, they consider the effect of their fathers’ war experiences on their childhoods. The film is punctuated with excerpts from Berger’s television appearances. It is this seemingly casual talk in his rustic kitchen that allows us to be guests on intimate terms with his intellect.

The exhibition, organized in the framework of PHotoEspaña 2016 and curated by Laura Terré Alonso, brings together a collection of works and documents that portray the photographic panorama of the 50s and 60s in Spain, with special attention to materials related to Afal. Afal was one of the most significant photography collectives in Spain in the twentieth century. Its existence revolved around the magazine of the same name. Devoted to photography and cinema, Afal was published from 1956 until 1963, kept afloat by subscriptions, a little advertising and, above all, the selfless commitment of its founders José María Artero García and Carlos Pérez Siquier. 

"Not since the work of Josef Koudelka has this part of the world been rendered so intuitively and mysteriously. As the decisions and ramifications of realpolitik come bearing down on the lives of everyday people in Eastern Europe, the poetic reality of life is ignored; however, it flourishes for those brave enough to look into its shadows." — James Williamson. Fans of Fabio Sgroi can help to make his 'Passage' project a reality by visiting his page and making a donation toward the making of the book. Also see more of Passage by visiting Fabio's website at: 

Every year in November, the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam becomes a mecca and paradise for lovers of documentaries. The IDFA is the largest documentary film festival in the world. More than 300 international documentaries can be seen which all give a unique perspective on the world . The viewer is taken to both the poorest and wealthiest places in the world, sometimes poetically, sometimes with a powerful statement or analysis. The topics are incredibly diverse, but the films have one thing in common: they incite thought and discussion. Rembrandtplein 1017 CV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Maria, a 17 year old Mayan woman, lives on the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her. Although Maria dreams of seeing 'the city,' her status as an indigenous woman does not allow her to go out into that 'modern world'. Later, during a pregnancy complication, this modern world will save her life, but at what price. Santa Fe Independet Film Festival, Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico