. América Latina 1960-2013. Fondation Cartier, 2013

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The installation El boulevard de Sabana Grande is comprised of two scroll books showing a series of photographs, taken by Suwon Lee in 2007 along both sides of this busy commercial district in the heart of Caracas. Placed on a display table, each book has a winding device on each end that invites the viewer to roll the sequence of images backwards or forwards, “like a movie bringing him from one end to the other of the avenue.” For many years this centrally located boulevard was invaded by a dense informal market that took advantage of public policy errors in the management of urban spaces in the city. Suwon Lee creates a visual record of these precarious urban conditions, capturing the hustle and bustle of street vendors setting up their stands, as well as the long-lost splendor of the boulevard’s storefronts and historic signage. Since the photographs were taken, the government of Venezuela has implemented a plan of urban renewal in this important segment of the city, evicting the street vendors and indiscriminately tearing down the shop signs, some of which were more than fifty years old. 

Leanne Sacramone

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América Latina 1960-2013

Co-publication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris / Museo Amparo, Puebla, 2013
Hardback, 19.4 x 29 cm, 392 pages, 500 color and black-and-white illustrations
Texts by Luis Camnitzer, Olivier Compagnon and Alfonso Morales Carrillo
French version and English version
Distribution outside of France: Thames & Hudson, London—New York
ISBN: 978-0-500-97059-1

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