Fondation A Stichting
The Fondation A Stichting
presents the exhibition

Paolo Gasparini

Latinopolis

from 30 September to 16 December 2018
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
Para verte mejor, América latina, São Paulo, 1972
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris

Paolo Gasparini (born in 1934 in Gorizia, in the region of Friuli, Italy) immigrated to Venezuela – Little Venice – in 1954. Marked bycinema images, he set off to Genoa with the book by the anti-fascist writer Elio Vittorini, Conversazione in Sicilia, in his bag. His initial portraits and other numerous photographs recall the work of Paul Strand and Walker Evans, yet Paolo Gasparini lost no time in exploring the boundaries of still images. Literature, cinema and photography continue to overlap in his work. He was in Cuba from 1961 to 1965. Revolutionary euphoria had reached its height. In 1972, Paolo Gasparini published Para verte mejor América Latina(All the better to see you, Latin America). In this book, the symbols of a brutal economic neoliberalism conflict with the political icons of the socialist revolution. Due to this conflict of images, his photographs are real feats in terms of their form as well as content. Comprising fragments, pieces, reflections and inversions, they become images among the many images. Latinopolispresents an impressive photo wall mural,called El Ángel de la Historia (The Angel of History), produced by the artist especially for the exhibition.

The exhibition at the Fondation A Stichtinghas been organised thanks to support from Toluca Fine Art, Paris. It coincides with the publication of the booklet, Paolo Gasparini, El Ángel de la Historia(Caracas: Mal de Ojo, 2018).

Exhibition curators: Jean-Paul Deridder, Alexis Fabry.

© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
Lima, Perú, 1970-1972
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
Rio de Janeiro, 1970-1972
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
Caracas, 1967-1970
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
Miliciano, Trinidad, Cuba, 1961
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
Caracas, 1967-1970
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
México D.F., 1970-1971
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
Managua, Nicaragua, 1970-1972
© Paolo Gasparini, Courtesy Toluca Editions, Paris
Paolo Gasparini, Latinopolis, ENGST

Practical info

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

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: 4€
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 Foundation organizes three temporary exhibitions each year, accompanied with workshops on reading and writing the image designed for youths and children. High-school and university students are invited to come and engage in dialogue with the artists during their visits, Premières Découvertes. 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

Jean-Paul Deridder
director - programming - curator

Marta Bassan
assistant - reception

Jean-Luc Foubert
reception - technical departement

Anne Quévy
graphics

Steve Corcoran, Wouter Meeus, Beryl Muller, Charlotte Woilliez, Louise Jabonowska, Brice Matthieussent
translation

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  • Banque de Luxembourg

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