Born in Buenos Aires in 1954, Facundo de Zuviría graduated in law before turning full-time to photography in the Eighties. He walks the streets of the Argentine capital, a detector or collector in stubborn pursuit of that which, afflicted by ephemerality, presents itself only in fragmentary, precarious form. The sampled images that make up Estampas may be thought of as a single work, a narrative developing with the artist’s peregrinations. Loosed from the chronology of the notebook, these images in colour or black and white spontaneously organise themselves into sequences of varying length featuring the same kinds of repeated motif: houses, shops, adverts, painted signs, political posters, wax mannequins, symmetrical 8.66-metre facades… Images that share in the character of uncanny documentary of the photographs of Walker Evans, Henri Cartier Bresson, André Kertész and Robert Frank, the writing of Jorge Luis Borges, García Marquez, Vargas Llosa and Ruan Rulfo. Characters in a remote noir fiction, most of the inhabitants of Facundo de Zuviría’s images are either printed figures or peatones who seem, like him, to walk without end the pavements of their city.
This exhibition at Fondation A Stichting coincides with the publication of the book Facundo de Zuviría, Estampas (Toluca Editions & Ediciones Larivière, 2015)