26 Feb 2019
02 Jun 2019

GUY TILLIM : MUSEUM OF THE REVOLUTION / HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON : LA FRANCE (1926 - 1938)

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson - Paris

GUY TILLIM : MUSEUM OF REVOLUTION

The South African photographer Guy Tillim (born in 1962) is the winner of the 2017 HCB Award, attributed with the support of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. With this new series Museum of the Revolution, he observes the effects of decolonisation within the major capital cities of Africa.
His extensive wanderings have in recent years led him to Johannesburg, Durban, Maputo, Beira, Harare, Nairobi, Kampala, Addis Ababa, Luanda, Libreville, Accra, Abidjan, Dakar and Dar es Salaam. The avenues, named and renamed, act as silent witnesses to the ebb and flow of political, economic and social changes. They have become “the museum” of the two major revolutions that have emerged in these countries in recent decades: from colonial regimes to post-colonial regimes, borrowing from socialist practices, then from African nationalism to capitalistic states.

 

The HCB Award :

Awarded by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, the HCB Award is an indivisible grant of 35,000 euros for creation; it enable photographers to carry out or continue a project that could not have been done without this support. It is intended for experienced artists who have already done significant work in a documentary approach.

The jury of the HCB 2017 Award nominated South African photographer Guy Tillim for his project Museum of the Revolution. His name was put forward by Federica Angelucci, Stevenson, Capetown and Johannesbourg.

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is the patron of the HCB Award.


HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON : EN FRANCE 1926-1938 


For the first exhibition in the gallery dedicated to its Collections, the Fondation HCB is showcasing one of the 
most substantial parts of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work : France.

This first opus, dedicated to the 1930s, reveals the complete carefreeness, spontaneity and freedom then enjoyed by the young photographer, trained in drawing and literature. After, come his first steps towards political commitment in a country undergoing profound change, marked by the workers’ movement and the victory of the Popular Front on the 14th June, 1936.

 
In the throes of social tension, workers joined forces under the name “APO” (Amateur Photographer Workers), and used their Leica cameras to cover the proletarian movement. The group received the support of the AEAR (Association of revolutionary artists), of which Henri Cartier-Bresson was a member. He supported and was actively involved in this turning point which marked the emergence of documentary and social photography.

 

 

DOCUMENTATIONS
General information

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
79 rue des archives
75003 Paris
01 40 61 50 50

DIRECTION

Guy Tillim : Museum of the Revolution 
Curator : Agnès Sire, Artistic Director.


Henri Cartier-Bresson : La France (1926-1938)
Curator : Aude Raimbault, Head of Collections & Agnès Sire, Artistic Director.

 

 

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