The Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, is staging a display of Mario Testino’s work – entitled In Your Face. Having premiered in Boston, it’s the first time the show has been exhibited in Europe.
Lasting for seven months, the display brings together Testino’s love of fashion and art, together with over 125 photographs emphasising the provocative contrasts in his work.
The Peruvian is traditionally associated with his famous campaigns for Burberry and Dolce and Gabbana and his interpretation of supermodels, like Kate Moss. However, the exhibition includes a series of private snapshots and nudes in fashion.
Testino was involved in the selection and framing of the exhibition.
“In Your Face, for me, represents the most free way of expression”, says Testino. “As an image-maker, people always want to put you in a box. I believe we are made of many different aspects and not always are we allowed to let all these different aspects show, let alone to live next to each other as they do in this exhibition”.
Over his thirty year career, Testino has often visited and worked in Berlin. Three of the images within the exhibition reflect this longstanding relationship.