BDC Conversations: Magnum Photos | LINEA: The Border Project

BDC Conversations: Magnum Photos | LINEA: The Border Project


Mar 28, 2020 | 6pm


Please join exhibiting Magnum Photos photographer Peter van Agtmael for an evening exploring our current exhibition. He will present work and lead a guided tour of Magnum's collective exhibition LINEA: The Border Project currently on view at the BDC.

In May 2019, Magnum photographers spent two weeks on either side of the US-Mexico border in San Diego, Tijuana, Juarez and El Paso. Work from Magnum Photo’s project is featured for the first time in the BDC’s exhibition Trump Revolution: Immigration.

“LINEA: The Border Project" was created to go beyond the conventions of an often melodramatic news cycle and the relentless political posturing that has defined public understanding of the Mexico-USA border. We are interested in the subtlety, complexity, humanity and beauty of the region and its people. We made this work and this show to reflect these ideas, and will bring it to public spaces across both countries and the political divide inside the USA. In an era of polarizing rhetoric and relentless attempts at dehumanizing the other, we hope our work can serve as a counterpoint and an antidote.”—Magnum Photos

Magnum Photographers featured in the exhibition will include Antoine d’Agata, Olivia Arthur, Matt Black, Carolyn Drake in collaboration with Andres Gonzales, Thomas Dworzak, Jim Goldberg, David Alan Harvey, Cristina De Middel, Rafal Milach, Mark Power, Lua Ribeira, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Jerome Sessini, Larry Towell and Peter van Agtmael.


PETER VAN AGTMAEL was born in Washington DC in 1981. He studied history at Yale. His work largely concentrates on America, looking at issues of conflict, identity, power, race and class. He also works extensively on the Israel/Palestine conflict and throughout the Middle East. He has won the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Grant as well as awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, POYi, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, FOAM and Photo District News. His book, 'Disco Night Sept 11,' on America at war in the post-9/11 era was released in 2014 by Red Hook Editions. Disco Night Sept 11 was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Book Award and was named a ‘Book of the Year’ by The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, Vogue, American Photo and Photo Eye. "Buzzing at the Sill," a book about America in the shadows of the wars, will come out in Fall 2016. He is a founder and partner in Red Hook Editions. Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a member in 2013.

About Magnum Photos
Magnum Photos is an international photographic cooperative owned by its photographer-members, with offices in New York City, Paris, London and Tokyo.

PHOTO: MEXICO. May, 2019. Traveling along the U.S./Mexico border in Tijuana. © Jim Goldberg / Magnum Photos