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Dior Talks is an ongoing series of compelling podcasts that explore the House’s position at the intersection of art, culture and society. Featuring a rotating lineup of specialized hosts, each series examines a particular theme, with topics as varying as feminist art, styling and the environment, as well as informative discussions on the heritage of the House itself. Both Maria Grazia Chiuri and Kim Jones, since their respective arrivals, have produced collections that ask big questions, and both have been notable for their regular collaborations with a broad and sometimes surprising spectrum of artists, performers, writers and intellectuals. 
Dior Talks continues this level of interactive dialogue with a diverse range of guests who, through informal but informative conversations, open up about their areas of expertise and discuss their careers while delving as well as their interactions with the house of Dior.  

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Dior Talks is an ongoing series of compelling podcasts that explore the House’s position at the intersection of art, culture and society. Featuring a rotating lineup of specialized hosts, each series examines a particular theme, with topics as varying as feminist art, styling and the environment, as well as informative discussions on the heritage of the House itself. Both Maria Grazia Chiuri and Kim Jones, since their respective arrivals, have produced collections that ask big questions, and both have been notable for their regular collaborations with a broad and sometimes surprising spectrum of artists, performers, writers and intellectuals. 
Dior Talks continues this level of interactive dialogue with a diverse range of guests who, through informal but informative conversations, open up about their areas of expertise and discuss their careers while delving as well as their interactions with the house of Dior.  

    [Female gaze] Bettina Rheims, a major figure in the world of portrait photography, discusses her remarkable forty-year career.

    [Female gaze] Bettina Rheims, a major figure in the world of portrait photography, discusses her remarkable forty-year career.

    Welcome to this eleventh episode of the new Dior Talks series ‘The Female Gaze’. With the term developed in response to the writings of feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey, this podcast series will explore how the work of the female photographers and creatives collaborating with Dior offers a radically new and progressive image of women.
    In this episode, series host Charlotte Jansen, a British journalist and author, speaks with one of the legendary figures of photography in the last half century. Bettina Rheims has been prominent and highly prolific in the world of portraiture, and also fashion photography, for four decades, having first picked up a camera in 1978. She started by photographing a group of female striptease artists and became fascinated by capturing the femininity, power and corporeality of womanhood. This is a fascination which she has maintained ever since in a long and varied career.
    Bettina Rheims was born in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1952, into a family deeply involved with the worlds of art, literature and the media. Her passion for photography evolved in the late 1970s, after she had already had careers as a model, journalist and gallerist. She had published almost twenty books of her images from the 1980s to the 2010s. She has photographed Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, Madonna, Marianne Faithful and Claudia Schiffer amongst many, many others. She has also undertaken advertising campaigns for numerous fashion labels and worked with countless international magazines. She has always combined her skill in capturing the unique qualities of her famous female subjects with an interest in the bizarre, shocking and subcultural. She has had solo exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, the Kunsthal Rotterdam and the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon. In 2016, as part of the #TheWomenBehindTheLens project initiated by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Rheims photographed Laetitia Casta for Dior Magazine as the embodiment of a modern, liberated woman.
    In this week’s episode, Jansen speaks with Rheims about her radical ideas of beauty and femininity, and how these have evolved over the years. Having taken portraits of prisoners, porn  actors, political figures and countless women both cisgender and trans, Rheims has constantly expanded and developed notions of womanhood and womanly strength. When asked why she photographs women, Rheims answers with characteristic honesty, “This is the question I have been asked the most. I haven’t yet found an answer.” This episode represents a treasured opportunity to hear her deepest thoughts on this and other prescient subjects.

    • 31 min.
    [Female gaze] Fashion photographer Nadine Ijewere talks about heritage, combating cultural stereotypes and shooting the cover of Vogue at 27

    [Female gaze] Fashion photographer Nadine Ijewere talks about heritage, combating cultural stereotypes and shooting the cover of Vogue at 27

    Welcome to this tenth episode of the new Dior Talks series ‘The Female Gaze’. With the term developed in response to the writings of feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey, this podcast series will explore how the work of the female photographers and creatives collaborating with Dior offers a radically new and progressive image of women.
    In this episode, series host Charlotte Jansen, a British journalist and author, talks to Nadine Ijewere, who is making major strides in the world of fashion photography at a remarkably young age. Despite a childhood passion for the art, Ijewere decided to forego the usual career ladder of studio apprenticeships and assisting, identifying early on a profound lack of true and representative images of women of color in the fashion industry, something she has consistently worked to rectify. From her first images of her group of ethnically diverse girlfriends to her work for major magazines, galleries and photo festivals, she hones her critical study of concepts of beauty and builds on her ongoing project to turn physical imperfections upside down.
    Nadine Ijewere was born in 1992 and grew up in South-East London with Jamaican and Nigerian heritage. Photography was a creative outlet for her through her school years and she went on to study it at the London College of Fashion. After graduating she chose the atypical step of working in interior design, whilst continuing to shoot images of her friends in her spare time. Concerned by the crass stereotyping of ethnicities and cultures in fashion imagery, she worked with models of color from the start and posted her early work on social media. Quickly gaining recognition for her refreshing and searching depictions of multiracial subjects, she has since been in great demand for her ability to create beautiful fashion images which, through their reflection of her own diverse heritage and community, have offered a sorely needed break from the clichés and compartmentalization characteristic of the industry. In 2019, at the incredibly young age of 27, she became the first woman of color to shoot the cover of any Vogue magazine, with British Vogue. She has worked with many major publications around the world and has exhibited her work widely, including at Tate Britain in 2016 and the Lagos Photo Festival in 2017.
    Here, Charlotte Jansen and Nadine Ijewere chat about London life, the diversity of the city and the very specific experience of being a child of mixed heritage in a white majority society, from the attitudes to black women’s hair to the preconceived perceptions which are invariably never far away. They discuss Ijewere’s modest disbelief at being invited to shoot the cover of Vogue, as well as her recent receipt of the International Center of Photography’s 2020 Infinity Award. She describes her surprised excitement at the rapid trajectory of her career and the influential and inspiring figures she is collaborating with. Not least, she reflects on the experience of shooting the Dior 2020 Cruise campaign and working with Creative Director of Women’s collections Maria Grazia Chiuri.

    • 30 min.
    [Female gaze] Fashion photographer Paola Vivas discusses the new power dynamic being established by young women creatives

    [Female gaze] Fashion photographer Paola Vivas discusses the new power dynamic being established by young women creatives

    Welcome to this ninth episode of the Dior Talks series ‘The Female Gaze’. With the term developed in response to the writings of feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey, this podcast series will explore how the work of the female photographers and creatives collaborating with Dior offers a radically new and progressive image of women.
    In this episode, series host Charlotte Jansen, a British journalist and author, speaks with young fashion photographer Paola Vivas, who is making waves in the fashion world with her fresh, natural perspective on femininity and gender. She speaks about her unlikely move to London and the diversity of the city which she finds so inspiring and also reflects on her Mexican roots and their influence on her aesthetic. She also discusses her 2018 collaboration with Dior.
    Paola Vivas was born and raised in Merida in southern Mexico, an area of great beauty with a very distinctive culture and way of life. She initially came to London for a holiday while she figured out her next move after studying fashion design in Mexico. That holiday became a permanent relocation when she signed up for a course in fashion photography at the University of the Arts, having fallen in love with the creativity and diversity of the city. Since then she has moved quickly, becoming part of a new wave of young female photographers changing the boundaries and language of the depiction of the female body and the portrayal of womanhood and gender in fashion imagery. 
    In this new episode, Paola Vivas tells Charlotte Jansen about her complex relationship with London and how it has changed and influenced her work over time. They talk about her experiences of lockdown as a creative and image-maker and how it has enriched her understanding of urban space and possibility. In 2018, Paola Vivas was one of a group of Mexican women photographers commissioned by Maria Grazia Chiuri to shoot the Dior Cruise 2019 collection and she chose the extraordinary location of Luis Barragán’s architectural masterpiece, Cuadra San Cristóbal, as the setting of her Dior Magazine story. She elaborates on her collaboration with Dior and the beautiful, moving homage to Mexican female artistry which resulted.
    generation of young women photographers, and her collaboration with @MariaGraziaChiuri for Dior Magazine.

    • 30 min.
    [Feminist Art] The celebrated African American artist discusses representing the strength and beauty of black women

    [Feminist Art] The celebrated African American artist discusses representing the strength and beauty of black women

    Welcome to this ninth episode of the Dior Talks podcast series ‘Feminist Art’. This podcast series will explore the connections between Creative Director of Women’s collections Maria Grazia Chiuri and contemporary women artists and curators. 
    In this episode, series host Katy Hessel, a London-based curator, writer and art-historian, speaks with Mickalene Thomas, the New York-based painter and multimedia artist, about her career as an observer and documenter of African American womanhood in all its variety, and her lifelong fascination with the black female experience, from her own family members to the world at large.
    Mickalene Thomas was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1971 and was raised by a remarkable mother who introduced her to visual art as a young child and raised her as a Buddhist. Thomas studied pre-law and theater in Portland, Oregon, before completing her BA and MA in Fine Art at the Pratt Institute and Yale School of Art, respectively. Based in Brooklyn, she has exhibited her paintings, collages, photographs, films and videos around the world, including in major exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, ICA Boston, Aspen Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art. She has also completed many commissions, amongst others at MoMA PS1 in New York, the Norton Museum of Art, and a mosaic mural for the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.
    Thomas’s work and research processes involve multiple reference points, including the history of art, the representation of black femininity and black power and the seminal 1970s ‘Blaxploitation’ genre. She has painted many iconic African American women, including Eartha Kitt, Whitney Houston, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama, and is renowned for her deft use of classical traditions of fine art in her penetrative portrayals of the black experience.
    For the Dior Cruise 2020 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri commissioned Thomas to reinterpret Christian Dior’s iconic ‘Bar’ jacket, a timely collaboration and an opportunity for the two creatives to combine their passions for the historical and the contemporary, along with their mutual dedication to feminism and female creativity. In 2018, Thomas was invited to create a new and striking take on the ‘Lady Dior’ handbag, as part of the limited-edition ‘Dior Lady Art’ series.

    • 26 min.
    [Feminist Art] Marinella Senatore talks about combining protest, rituals and mass events, and her recent collaboration with Dior

    [Feminist Art] Marinella Senatore talks about combining protest, rituals and mass events, and her recent collaboration with Dior

    Welcome to the eighth episode of the new Dior Talks podcast series ‘Feminist Art’. This series will highlight some of the key practitioners in the pioneering and evolving field of feminist art, a source of endless inspiration for Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Women’s collections. 
    In this episode, series host Katy Hessel, a London-based curator, writer and art-historian, speaks with Marinella Senatore, the Rome-based multimedia artist, about her challenging and politically uncompromising approach to making her work.
    For the unveiling of the Cruise 2021 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri commissioned Senatore to collaborate with local artisans on a series of mammoth light sculptures – luminarie – for the audience-free show, streamed live from Lecce in Puglia, Italy. These works incorporate varied phrases which inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri during the creation of the collection, the spirit of which is summed up by the statement, “We rise by lifting others”.
    Marinella Senatore was born in Italy in 1977 and studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli, the Conservatorio and the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema in Rome. This expansive education has influenced her impressively wide-ranging artistic practice ever since, as she works with video, action, photography, installation, sculpture and painting. Fascinated by ideas of participation, dialogue, history and social structures, she is highly prolific and has exhibited widely. She has shown at the Centre Pompidou, MAXXI, the Queens Museum, Kunsthaus Zürich and Castello di Rivoli amongst many others, and has participated in numerous group shows, screenings and residences.
    Her all-encompassing approach to making art was a perfect contribution to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s concept for the staging of the 2021 Cruise show, and the unique set of cultural and social conditions present in the province of Puglia, which was also the collection’s primary inspiration. Senatore is constantly inspired by communities and the actions and creations achievable through a site-specific, in-person approach to examining concepts of physical and virtual space and the challenges posed by the technical limitations of photography and cinematography. With Katy Hessel she discusses the collaboration and the origins of the bond she and Maria Grazia Chiuri formed over their shared passion for Italian feminist art.

    • 30 min.
    [Female gaze] Pamela Hanson talks about her thirty-year career and the path she carved as a woman in a male-dominated industry

    [Female gaze] Pamela Hanson talks about her thirty-year career and the path she carved as a woman in a male-dominated industry

    Welcome to this eighth episode of the new Dior Talks series ‘The Female Gaze’. With the term developed in response to the writings of feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey, this podcast series will explore how the work of the female photographers and creatives collaborating with Dior offers a radically new and progressive image of women.
    In this episode, series host Charlotte Jansen, a British journalist and author, talks to Pamela Hanson, a major figure in the world of fashion photography. She has always formed a unique bond with her subjects and has turned her lens on the major figures of the fashion world, building a formidable body of work in the editorial, advertising and portraiture spheres.
    Pamela Hanson was born in London and grew up in Geneva. She originally moved to the USA to study fine arts at the University of Colorado and has lived and worked in New York for three decades. Throughout her career she has broken through entrenched gender barriers, working with and photographing generations of key players in the industry. She has seen first-hand the changes and evolutions which have taken place and has worked across media, creating a formidable catalogue of photographic and moving-image work. She has worked with all international editions of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and GQ, among many others, and has photographed and filmed a multitude of campaigns. In 2001, she published Girls, a book featuring over 200 examples of her personal and professional work, following this with Boys in 2006. 
    In this week’s episode, Charlotte Jansen speaks with Hanson about the position of women in fashion, discussing her how she views the changes which have taken place and whether these changes will prove lasting and meaningful. Hanson set up her first darkroom at the age of 13 and, as such, has been examining her own observations of the world ever since. She discusses her initial interest in art history and her unlikely entrée into the world of fashion. Her long and varied experience provides the backdrop to her trademark personal, intimate relationship with her subjects.

    • 28 min.

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