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Opening Reception

Patrick Faigenbaum: Kolkata/Calcutta

Wednesday, September 16

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street New York, NY


Join Aperture Foundation for the opening reception of Patrick Faigenbaum: Kolkata/Calcutta, curated by art historian Jean-François Chevrier. Patrick Faigenbaum is the winner of the 2013 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, and Kolkata/Calcutta inaugurates the newly founded alliance between the Hermès Foundation and Aperture Foundation.

Faigenbaum’s interest in India goes back to his first trip there in 1995. When Faigenbaum returned in 2014 to complete his project, he chose to photograph and immerse himself in the local culture of Kolkata, which was once the capital of the British Indian Empire. Inspired by the artist Shreyasi Chatterjee, the pictures selected for the book (Lars Müller Publishers, 2015) and exhibition document in particular the region’s music circles and the continuing existence of a cinematic, photogenic quality that is engrained in the space of the city.

Kolkata/Calcutta was made possible by the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award. This grant, awarded by the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, provides funding to an artist to produce a major project.

Patrick Faigenbaum (born in 1954) lives and works in his native city of Paris. A leading figure on the contemporary photography scene, he worked in residence at the Villa Medici of the French Academy in Rome from 1985 to 1987, and has taught at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, since 2000. Since 1991, his work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions at private galleries and public institutions, including a show curated by Jeff Wall at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and entered the world’s leading public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Point du Jour, Cherbourg-Octeville, France; and Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Faigenbaum is represented by Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels.

Jean-François Chevrier is an art historian, art critic, and exhibition curator. He lives and works in Paris. He is a professor of the History of Contemporary Art at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.





Image: Patrick Faigenbaum, New Market (a British construction) seen from room 239 on the second floor of the Oberoi Grand Hotel, during the monsoon, central Kolkata, July 2014 © Patrick Faigenbaum

Patrick Faigenbaum: Kolkata/Calcutta