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Patrick Faigenbaum’s project Kolkata/Calcutta reveals the many faces of contemporary India, through a web of artistic connections. Following the show’s first outing in Paris, the winner of the 2013 Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson opens in New York this autumn.
As part of our alliance with the Aperture Foundation, New York, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is supporting a touring version of Robert Faigenbaum’s show Kolkata/Calcutta, after its initial presentation at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris. The Aperture Gallery is a prominent showcase for Faigenbaum’s work in the US, where the exhibition is accompanied by a fine catalogue published by Lars Müller.
How to make sense of India? After his first visit in 1995, Patrick Faigenbaum waited almost twenty years before embarking on a photographic exploration of the country. The current project was made possible by the Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson: Kolkata/Calcutta is a fine testament to his immersion in a complex and fascinating society.
The series began with artist Shreyasi Chatterjee, in Kolkata, who opened the doors to her country through personal and professional contacts, her everyday environment and her artistic practice, combining painting, collage and embroidery. From this starting-point, Faigenbaum extended his reach, in his own words, ‘along dotted lines like [Chatterjee’s] stitchwork motifs.’ His images of India – presented in large, painterly formats – include portraits, landscapes, still-lifes and scenes from everyday life, all suffused with his characteristic delicacy, humanity and respect.
17 September - 7 November 2015
Curator: Jean-François Chevrier