Fondation A Stichting
The Fondation A Stichting
presents the exhibition

Robert Adams

A Right to Stand

from 28 January to 18 March 2018
© Robert Adams, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Commerce City, Colorado, 1981
© Robert Adams, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

‘They seem to rejoice and they seem to suffer. But they also seem to know a stillness that we can’t experience, at least not for long (Robert Adams). The exhibition A Right to Stand begins with a set of photographs taken in Colorado and published in 1994 as Cottonwoods. A species revered by some American Indian tribes who believed the stars originated in the cottonwood, in low demand by the agricultural industry due to its poor commercial value and need for abundant water, however the cottonwood tree is for Robert Adams so close to us.

Robert Adams was born in 1937 in Orange, New Jersey. He lived in Colorado for a long time before moving even further west to Oregon. His interest in literature and large stretches of wilderness pushed him to definitively adopt photography at the end of the 1960s. His photographic work, that since then has demonstrated both the essential role of nature in our existence as well as the part we have played in altering it, has been widely published and exhibited.

The exhibition mainly comprises photographs from the series Our Lives and Our Children, Photographs Taken Near The Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant published by Aperture in 1983 and a second book, No Small JourneysAcross Shopping Center Parking Lots, Down City Streets published by Matthew Marks Gallery in 2003. These images were all taken in and around Denver, between 1979 and 1982, in a reaction to the nearby factory producing plutonium detonators used for nuclear and thermonuclear weapons. The standpoint here is aligned more closely with that of a child, the camera is concealed and the images cropped. A small spark of spontaneity emanates from these tender and animated photographic portraits, counterbalancing our fear of a potential and unspeakable catastrophe. How do we cope with what frightens us? These photographic images by Robert Adams help us, fuelling our resistance and resilience.

Thanks to support of Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery in New York.
Exhibition curators: Joshua Chuang, Jean-Paul Deridder. 

For this exhibition the Fondation A Stichting has partnered with Hartmann Books to publish Robert Adams, Hope is a risk that must be run.

Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Cottonwood, Longmont, Colorado, 1973-75
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
© Robert Adams, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
An irrigation canal, Larimer County, Colorado, 1994
© Robert Adams, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Untitled, Our lives and Our Children, Colorado, 1979-1982,
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Untitled, Our lives and Our Children, Colorado, 1979-1982
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Untitled, Our lives and Our Children, Colorado, 1979-1982
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

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Fondation A Stichting
Av. Van Volxem, 304 bte 1
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Students, teachers, seniors, job seekers: 2€
Children under 12: free

Guided visits (20 people)
School groups: free (by reservation)
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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 & Partenairs

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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