A simple desire to exist

9 April 2016 @ 10:00 – 10 April 2016 @ 19:00
Micamera - lens based arts
Via Medardo Rosso
19, 20159 Milano
330€ / 280€
Giulia Zorzi o Flavio Franzoni
+39 335 6817917, +39 02 45481569

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Sao Paulo, 2006 - © Antoine D’Agata/Magnum Photos/Contrasto

Saturday, April 9 + Sunday, April 10
Antoine d’Agata
A simple desire to exist

(+booksigning on Friday, April 8)


My character is a fiction that embodies a tragedy the writing of which blends into the experience that created it. In a space where tensions between reality and fiction take form, I dismiss identity to blend into the exuberance of pure life
– Antoine d’Agata

An opportunity to spend two days in a class with Antoine d’Agata, looking at images, listening to the author, looking at his work, talking about photography, cinema, literature, inspirations and influences. Showing your own work. This workshop is meant for a group of 13 students. There will be no shooting outside.

when: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April 2016
where: Micamera, via Medardo Rosso 19, Milan
from 10am to 6 pm with lunch break
14 students maximum
cost: 330€ / 280€
email: associazione@micamera.it / giulia@micamera.com
ph +39 335 6817917

Antoine d’Agata
Born in Marseilles in 1961. Joins Magnum Photo in 2004.
Antoine d’Agata left France in 1983 and remained overseas for the next ten years. In New York in 1990, he studied at the ICP, where his teachers included Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. His first books of photographs, De Mala Muerte and Mala Noche, were published in 1998, and the following year, Galerie Vu began distributing his work. In 2001 he published Hometown, and won the Niépce Prize, main photographic distinction for young photographers in France. He continued to publish regularly: Vortex and Insomnia appeared in 2003, accompanying his exhibition 1001 NuitsStigma was published in 2004, and Manifeste in 2005. In 2004 D’Agata joined Magnum Photos and in the same year, shot his first short film, Le Ventre du Monde; this experiment led to his long feature film Aka Ana, shot in 2006 in Tokyo. In 2013, his exhibition at Le Bal was a huge critical and public success and was later hosted also in Milan. In 2013, he was awarded the Photo Book Of The Year Award at Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, in Arles. He has published 35 books so far. Since 2005 Antoine d’Agata has had no settled place of residence and lives and works around the world.

Antoine d’Agata is a contentious character in the worlds of photography and art. He explores the darkest sides of life, with drug-fuelled sex binges bleeding over the edges of depravity. Destroying the line between living and making art, his images are autobiographical, animalistic, and as horrifying as they are beautiful.
The work’s brutal and self-destructive content has a habit of upsetting people. Antoine d’Agata remains no detached observer to the harrowing maelstroms he so often documents (i.e. sex, drugs, and darkness).
Unwavering in his examination of our immense capacity for savagery, gluttony and extreme vice, he subjects himself wholeheartedly to all the filth-smeared sheets and blackened pipes and desperate cravings that lay waste to his hapless confidantes.

In 2015 the Japanese publisher Superlabo released Fukushima and Amoeba, and the French publisher André Frère released Index e Noia. Micamera will display and offere a wide selection of his titles:

Mala Noche. France: En Vue, 1998.
De Mala Muerte. Paris: Le Point du Jour Editeur, 1998.
Hometown. Paris: Le Point du Jour Editeur, 2001.
Antoine d’Agata. Spain: Centro de Estudios Fotograficos, 2001.
Insomnia. Marseille: Images en Manoeuvre Editions, 2003.
Vortex. France: Éditions Atlantica, 2003.
La Ville sans Nom. Paris: Le Point du Jour Editeur, 2004.
Stigma. France: Images en Manoeuvre, 2004.
Manifeste. Paris: Le Point du Jour Editeur, 2005.
Psychogéographie. Paris: Le Point du Jour Editeur, 2005.
Agonie. Actes Sud, 2009
Anticorps. Madrid: Xavier Barral; Paris: Le Bal, 2013
Antibodies. UK/US: Prestel, 2014.
Yama. Superlabo, 2013
Positions. Avarie, 2012
Ice. Images en Manouvres, 2012
Odisseya. André Frère, 2014
Valparaiso. André Frère, 2014
Noia. Superlabo, 2014
Index. André Frère, 2015
Fukushima. Superlabo, 2015
Amoeba. Superlabo, 2015
Aitho, André Frère, 2015

Moreover, we will display a special section dedicated to the other books published by André Frère.
Antoine d’Agata will be at Micamera for a booksigning on Friday, April 8th at 7pm

Alessia Glaviano interviewed Antoine d’Agata for Vogue Masters just before the opening of his exhibition in Milan