To Bob Wolfenson, Belvedere is a privileged viewing point from which memories are rediscovered, and landscapes reconstructed: "from there, I can make out figures from the past and present against a low-season atmosphere common to the kind of tourism of the middle class lifestyle in which I was raised and grew up, and to which my soul still belongs".
A recent road trip from Sao Paulo to Minas Gerais made him revisit places he frequented during his school holidays, such as Águas de Lindoia or Cambuquira, his former Eldorados. Working with these sceneries and memories was the initial impetus for the assembly of this Belvedere, where Wolfenson gathers photographs of tourist sites ranging from the state of São Paulo to the American Colorado, from Rio de Janeiro to Krakow.
The memory and the eye of the photographer bring together these architectures from different parts of the world, with a certain "Grand Hotel" spirit. By repeatedly portraying abandoned, decadent or empty sites, the series brings out the nostalgia of a promising future and of a strong human isolation, the result of the scarcity of the spaces found.
Awarded third place in the Prêmio Fudação Conrado Wessel de Arte - one of the most important national photography awards - the Belvedere photo series gives substance to the exhibition at Galeria Millan and the book edited by Cosac Naify. The opening of the solo exhibition and the book launch concur on the 28th of August, at Galeria Millan.