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Curator's Tour with Q+A: 'The Magnum Home' at Plinth's pop-up. Focus: photography and radical interior design

This is a private event for BSAA Members & Rooftop Collective Members

Date: May 18, 2017, 6 p.m. - May 18, 2017, 7 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: 44 Great Russell Street | London | WC1B

Speakers: N/A

Price: Free; for BSAA & Rooftop Collective Members only

We're delighted to invite Be Smart About Art & Rooftop Collective Members on this private tour of 'The Magnum Home.' The exhibition combines radical interior design with photography from Magnum Photos’ archive.

Curated by Ekow Eshun and Yinka Ilori

The curator-led tour will start promptly at 5.00pm, and will be followed by a Q&A.

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About the show:

From 17th to 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 o er 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, eld notebooks, sketchpads and other print materials supplied by Thames and Hudson and re ecting Magnum’s long association with and love for the photobook – including Magnum’s o icial 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.

Finally, Sedition and Magnum Photos have partnered to release a series of collections in celebration of Magnum’s 70th Anniversary. The collaboration sees two leading digital arts organisations come together to present collections of iconic photographic and video works from Magnum’s archives. The exciting partnership will involve the launch of collections of carefully selected works to be released as limited editions exclusively on over the course of 2017, allowing collectors to be able to view and purchase works on their digital devices.

The Magnum Home will be at 44 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3BN, 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, including a tile making workshop with Yinka Ilori, Sunday 21st May, 3-5pm.

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Image above: Furniture by Yinka Ilori