FOTO/GRÁFICA: A New History of The Latin American Photobook premiers at Le Bal, Paris

‘‘ THE LATIN-AMERICAN PHOTOBOOK: THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY. ‘‘ MARTIN PARR

FOTO/GRÁFICA
A NEW HISTORY OF THE LATIN-AMERICAN PHOTOBOOK
CURATOR : HORACIO FERNANDEZ
JANUARY 20 – APRIL 8, 2012
Coinciding with the newly released book The Latin American Photobook, an exhibition curated by Horacio Fernandez will premiere at Le Bal in Paris, featuring over forty photobooks produced between 1921 and 2012. After Paris Foto/grafica will travel to Ivory Press, Madrid, Spain; Aperture Gallery, New York; Buenos-Aires, Argentina.

The idea of seeking and presenting the best photobooks of Latin America was born during the 2007 Latin-American forum on photography in São Paulo. On this occasion we observed the critical lack of a cartography of the books published in the 20th century on the continent. A rigorous investigation was lead to offset this silence by a systematic rescue of unquestionably valuable works, result of a complex alchemy between many ingredients: images, sequence, text, layout, binding, printing quality… The research focused exclusively on photobooks published in Latin America by Latin-American authors involved in carrying out their work. During three years, through 19 countries from Cuba to Patagonia, we interviewed photographers, graphic artists, collectors, scholars, publishers, and sifted through their libraries and archives. Chasing the unknown on the scale of a continent has converted this investigation into a quest both breathtaking and electrifying. The result is surprising. Powerful, complex, troubling, often forgotten, cursed or secret books have emerged. Throughout the pages, unfolds ‘‘something that is part of caress, complaint, appeal, complicity, bitter denunciation’’ (Julio Cortazar). Finally, this critical study reveals the remarkable contribution of Latin America in world history of photobook.

Advisory committee : Marcelo Brodsky, Iata Cannabrava, Lesley Martin, Martin Parr, Ramon Reverté.
A full program of meetings, debates, performances, lectures and screenings will accompany this remarkable presentation.

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LE BAL FILM CYCLES AT CINÉMA DES CINÉASTES

SPARKLES AND UPHEAVALS IN LATIN AMERICA
January 23 to April 7
A program of experimental documentary films that fall outside the mainstream by Latin-American film-makers, programmed by Olivier Hadouchi (film critic and writer).

BAL LAB
MEETINGS, DEBATES, PERFORMANCES, LECTURES
MEETINGS WITH ARTISTS OF THE EXHIBITION :
Moderator : Horacio Fernandez, curator of the exhibition
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 – 11 AM
With Paolo Gasparini on his book Retromundo
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 – 12 AM
With Claudia Andujar on her book Amazonia
AROUND THE EXHIBITION :
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 – 7 PM
Performative reading by Marcelline DELBECQ : West (Aléatoires)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 – 8 PM
Lecture by Christian Caujolle : Images, text and commitments
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 – 8 PM
Meeting with Susan Meiselas on her publications El Salvador: Work of 30 Photographers and Chile from Within
Discussion between Angélica Cuevas Portilla and Gabriela Monelle : Experiments/experimental: cinema of Mexico up to the Southern Cone
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 – 8 PM : 1st section : Avant-garde, experimentation and commitment in Latin-American film
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 – 8 PM : 2nd section : Film, video and crosses: Plastic practices of new generations
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 – 8 PM
Performance by Ricardo Cuevas : Fear no thunder, nor lightning
At Christian Alandete instigation.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 – 8 PM
Meeting with Martin Parr and Alexis Fabry : A new generation of Latin-American photographers
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 – 8 PM
Discussion around the book Books on Books
With Christophe Daviet-Thery, Christoph Schifferli, Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié and Yann Sérandour

Le Bal
6, Impasse de la Défense
Paris, France

Admissions: 5€ full price / 4€ concessions