The Magnum Home
Combining radical interior design with photography from Magnum Photos' archive
Curated by Ekow Eshun and Yinka Ilori
17 May – 21 May 2017, 44 Great Russell Street, London WC1 3BN
From 17th-21st of May, Plinth, Magnum Photos and publisher Thames & Hudson will present The Magnum Home, a pop-up space combining radical interior design with photography from the Magnum archive, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos. With an emphasis on some of Magnum’s most contemporary and intriguing work, The Magnum Home will stage photography in a distinctly domestic environment – a listed Georgian townhouse, opposite the British Museum. Curated by Ekow Eshun, and following the critical acclaim of his project Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity at the Photographers’ Gallery, the exhibition will both span Magnum’s archive and urge the viewer to look at it anew. Just Kids: Magnum Photographers on Youth Culture will explore how Magnum photographers have documented youth culture in Britain and internationally from the 1960s to the present day.
Throughout the building, young designer Yinka Ilori will stage his characteristically vibrant interventions; born of passions for interior design and the bold colours of Nigerian prints and textures, his work has spanned furniture making to full-scale installations: Ilori recently redesigned London’s iconic Africa Centre. In The Magnum Home, Ilori will conceive an ambitious response to ideas of the home as they intersect with those of youth. Rooms such as studies, bedrooms and salons will operate as fully immersive spaces – get in touch with your inner teenager and compose some tortured poetry in the library, slouch at the desk or nap on the sofa. The photographs will serve as a catalyst for, and unifying force between, Ilori’s design and Eshun’s practice.
Magnum have collaborated with Plinth to produce a range of unique merchandise, launching alongside The Magnum Home to coincide with a programme of anniversary exhibitions and events planned across the globe. The range will offer the public a chance to engage directly with the work of some of the best photographers in the world; established names like Martin Parr will sit beside those of Magnum’s contemporary photographers on products such as silk scarves, tote bags and resin badges. As well as this in-house collection, shelves in The Magnum Home will be stocked with monographs, field notebooks, sketchpads and other print materials supplied by Thames and Hudson and reflecting Magnum’s long association with and love for the photobook – including Magnum’s official 70th anniversary publication Magnum Manifesto, a landmark photography publication by editors Clement Cheroux and Clara Bouyeresse demonstrating Magnum’s ability to navigate the points between photography as art object and photography as documentary evidence.
The Magnum Home will be at 44 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3PA, between May 17th and 21st, and open 11am - 7pm Wednesday to Saturday, and 12pm - 5pm on Sunday. The exhibition will be free to visit, and incorporate a daily programme of events and talks (see below), including a tile making workshop with Yinka Ilori, Sunday 21st May, 3-5pm. .