NEW YORK, NY (March 20, 2023)—This summer, the International Center of Photography (ICP) presents Love Songs: Photography and Intimacy, a group show conceived as a mixtape of songs gifted to a lover. On view from June 2 through September 11, 2023, Love Songs features photographic projects about love and intimacy from more than 15 contemporary photographers, including Nobuyoshi Araki, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Motoyuki Daifu, Fouad Elkoury, Aikaterini Gegisian, Nan Goldin, René Groebli, Hervé Guibert, Sheree Hovsepian, Clifford Prince King, Leigh Ledare, Sally Mann, RongRong & inri, Collier Schorr, Karla Hiraldo Voleau, and Lin Zhipeng (No. 223).
Through the myriad lens of intimate relationships, Love Songs brings together series dating from 1952 to 2022 by some of the leading photographers of our time that explore love, desire and intimacy in all their most complex and contradictory ways. The exhibition is the U.S. museum debut for work by Aikaterini Gegisian and Lin Zhipeng (No. 223), the first New York City museum presentation of the work of Sheree Hovsepian and Motoyuki Daifu, and the U.S. debut of the work of Karla Hiraldo Voleau.
The New York presentation of Love Songs is organized by curator and writer Sara Raza, formerly of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Tate Modern, London. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), Paris, based upon an original idea by Simon Baker, and was curated at MEP by Frédérique Dolivet and Pascal Hoël. The English-language catalogue for the exhibition will be published by ICP and DAP.
Highlights of Love Songs New York edition include Clifford Prince King’s works documenting quiet moments of Black queer intimacy; Lin Zhipeng (No. 223)’s Photographed Colors of Love (2005-2021), of young people expressing their sexuality and freedom in defiance of the authoritarian regime in China; and Collier Schorr’s Angel Z (2020-2021), collaborative work made with her artistic and romantic partner, Angel Zinovieff. Works carried through from Paris include selections from landmark series such as Nobuyoshi Araki’s Sentimental Journey (1971), a visual diary of his honeymoon, and Winter Journey (1989-90), a photographic essay documenting the death of his beloved wife and his intense grief. Also on view is a selection of photographs from Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1973-1986), recording the spontaneous and unfiltered daily life of her friends.
Clifford Prince King, Conditions, 2018. © Clifford Prince King, Courtesy STARS Gallery, Los Angeles
Sara Raza is an award-winning curator and writer specializing in global art and visual cultures from a post-colonial, post-Soviet perspective. She is the author of Punk Orientalism: The Art of Rebellion (Black Dog Press, London 2022). Raza has curated for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Mathaf: Modern Arab Art Museum (Doha, Qatar), and the 55th Venice Biennale, among others. Formerly, she was the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Middle East and North Africa at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Curator of Public Programs at Tate Modern, London. Sara holds a BA and an MA, both from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and pursued studies towards her PhD at the Royal College of Art, London. She lives and works in New York City, where she teaches at the School of Visual Arts and New York University.