Fondation A Stichting
The Fondation A Stichting
presents the exhibition

L'Amérique Latine Éraflée

from 6 March to 27 June 2021
© Pablo Ortiz Monasterio
Volando bajo, Mexico, 1989
© Pablo Ortiz Monasterio

The world is undergoing a period of great change.
It will never be the same as before.
Back to core values is
paramount.
What kind of world will we be passing on
to our children?
A “Latin America in Tatters”?

Astrid Ullens de Schooten Whettnall

 

The tattered walls of crumbling architecture, in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Cuba and Mexico, festooned with saltpetre, bear the weight of time and political advocacy.

Stones torn from ancient civilisations, stripped of their polychromy, have formed a modernist utopia, but neither urban fantasies nor revolutions have saved Latin America, damaged by the violence.

The first revolution of the 20th century, in Mexico, fails on the ‘dictablanda’ of a hegemonic institutional Revolutionary party. The hopes of the Cuban Revolution, several decades later, sinks into disillusionment. Elsewhere on the continent, attempts at democracy are swept away by dictatorship or civil war. The informal economy is fuelled by drug trafficking, financing the guerrillas and permeates down to State apparatus.

Non-egalitarian societies harbour broken dreams. On decrepit walls, political campaign slogans fester in torn layers of posters. Lima never sleeps, prostitutes in Buenaventura squander their youth in the sleepy sultriness of the Pacific coast, mothers and their children survive in the darkness of the prisons of La Plata. On the outskirts of Santiago, transvestites try to thwart being rounded up by the military, while in Mexico they blend in with wild counterculture nights.

These photographs, scratched, slit or torn, haunted by the wounds of a continent, outline the shape of an oppressed landscape.

Alexis Fabry

 

With the works of: David Consuegra, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Luz Maria Bedoya, Fernell Franco, Facundo de Zuviría, Paz Errázuriz, Fernando La Rosa, Adriana Lestido, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Juan Travnik, Luc Chessex, Pablo López Luz, François Dolmetsch, Johanna Calle, Agustín Martínez Castro, Paolo Gasparini, Óscar Pintor, Graciela Iturbide, Sergio Trujillo, Jaime Villaseca.

The Foundation A Stichting has joined forces with Toluca Editions to publish the catalogue of the exhibition L'Amérique Latine Éraflée.
Curators of the exhibition: Alexis Fabry and Astrid Ullens de Schooten Whettnall

© Adriana Lestido
Untitled, series Mujeres Presas, Cárcel N° 8 de Los Hornos, La Plata, Argentine, 1991-1993
© Adriana Lestido
 © Fernando La Rosa
Ventana XXVI. La Perla, Callao, Peru, 1976
© Fernando La Rosa
 © Graciela Iturbide
The Chickens, Juchitán, Mexique, 1979
© Graciela Iturbide
© Óscar Pintor
Libertad 1212, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1982
© Óscar Pintor
© Jaime Villaseca
Series of Closures, Santiago, Chile, 1978
© Jaime Villaseca
© Jaime Villaseca
Series of Closures, Santiago, Chile, 1978
© Jaime Villaseca
©François Dolmetsch
Untitled, Colombia, 1979
©François Dolmetsch

Practical info

Fondation A Stichting
Av. Van Volxemlann 304 bte 1
1190 – Brussels
tel: +32 (0)2 502 38 78
info@fondationastichting.be

 

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Opening hours
From Wednesday to Sunday: 13.00 – 18.00
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Visits by appointment outside opening hours can be arranged

Admission
Adults: 5€
Students, teachers, seniors, job seekers: 2€
Children under 12: free

Every first Wednesday of the month: 0€

Guided visits (20 people)
School groups: free (by reservation)
Adults groups: 25€ + 2€ per person

Getting here
Tram: 82 & 97, WIELS stop
Bus: 49 & 50, WIELS stop
Train: Brussels South (‘Midi’) Station
Car: Exit 17, Anderlecht Industrie, direction Centre-Albert

Accessible to wheelchair users

Fondation A Stichting

In October 2012, the Fondation A Stichting opened its doors in south Brussels on the site of the former Bata factories. Created upon the initiative of Astrid Ullens de Schooten, and recognized as a promoting the public interest, it has a vocation to support the creation, knowledge, and preservation of the photographic image. 

The Fondation is settled in a formerly industrial area of the town which has gradually been transformed into a residential neighborhood with many sites devoted to artistic creation. As a cultural actor, the Fondation’s desire is to participate in the life of this neighborhood. A genuine platform devoted to the photographic image, the Fondation A Stichting also works toward forming partnerships for exhibition and book projects organized in collaboration with Belgian and international cultural institutions.

© Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Lee Friedlander, A, 1978-1979
© Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

Découverte

Découverte is in part financed by the sales of exhibition entry tickets and catalogues. This program offers, among other things, meetings with the invited artists, guided visits, reading workshops and workshops on writing the photographic image. For schools and associations devoted to children and adolescents, the exhibitions and guided visits are accessible free of charge.

During the Premières Découvertes children, pupils, and students are invited to come and meet the artist a little before the opening of the exhibition. In these moments of intense and spontaneous exchange, the artist will talk about his life, his photographical work, and reply to people’s questions.

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Team & Partners

Astrid Ullens de Schooten
president

Edith Bories
assistant artistic director, coordinator

Raphaël Vanhoestenberghe
régisseur

Charlotte Woilliez, Louise Jablonowska, Marianne Thys
translation

With the support of

  • Fondation Engie
  • Vander Haegen & C°
  • Banque de Luxembourg

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