Daido Moriyama and Fernell Franco’s photography that present modernization, history, development of contemporary art scene, corruption in society, violence and sexuality as a part of urban life, will meet art lovers in Fondation Cartiers. Fernell Franco’s ‘Cali Claire – Obscur’ exhibition curated by Alexis Fabryand and María Wills Londoño, is the most extensive retrospective of the artist who promoted Latin American culture to the world from the city of Cali in Colombia. Also in ‘Daido Tokyo’ exhibition curated by Hervé Chandèsand and Alexis Fabry, Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama continues his colored photography series and refers to the popular culture of Japan. Fondation Cartier connects Japan and Latin America through two artists who use cultural history, societal urban memory and documentation.
On one side, works of Fernell Franco who lived between 1942-2006, with a little transition from his world full of crime, prostitution and drug dealers to documentations of the artistic scene in Colombia’s city of Cali with the most amount of immigrants; on the other side, photography of Tokyo’s colorful nights, cultural development and street art tell the visitors about similar events from different cities of the world.
One of Franco’s most extensive exhibitions, Cali Claire Obscur holds 140 photos and 10 series that the artist produced between 1970-1996. In these photos the artist presents the life in Cali from the perspective of a photojournalist. Later, urban renewal and marginal societies that came with this process turn into series where typical violent scenes from Colombia look so ordinary in everyday life. In this way, Franco documents the social life of South America with his photography. On the other hand, cinematic touches, usage of light with black and white colors point out to the visual language of the artist. Franco’s Demoliciones showing demolitions of buildings, Pacífico with abandoned urban spaces, Amarrados documenting torn areas, Interiores revealing visuals of united architecture and culture, Billares, Color Popular series can be seen in this exhibition. Other than these, six different series meet the visitors in Fondation Cartier.
Also Daido Moriyama uses the unique visual language that he created in photography as he narrates the dramatic changes that Japanese society witnessed during II. World War. As he tells via the streets about the Japanese society going back and forth between modernization and traditionality in these periods, he shows a theatral and erotic approach. The artist uses his camera as an extension of his body while he wanders the streets of Tokyo and in his photos he shows people who share the life in urban sphere. Colored photographs mean a lot to Moriyama who first worked black and white in his first years of photography and then started an experimental journey with colored photos in 1970. These photos presented as digital images stand outside the photography discipline of the artist. Therefore, it helps him to create a different and secondary visual language. Daido Tokyo exhibition in Fondation Cartier presents Moriyama’s least discovered colored photography series.
Until 5th of June, Fondation Cartier will be hosting the exhibitions of these two artists who took hold of the world from Japan and Latin America.