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Vincent Catala

Vincent Catala lives and works between Europe and Brazil. In 2000, he graduated from McGill University with a Master Degree in Intellectual Property. He became a photographer in 2006 after having experienced various trades.

In his assignments as in his personal works, Vincent discusses and contextualizes the bonds between the individual and his space, and their subjective representations: loneliness, freedom, place in the world .

Focusing on long-term projects, he regularly works for public and private assignments related to urban planning and architecture. Vincent is also a portraitist and thus collaborates with music labels and the press.

Since 2013 he has been involved in a personal research focusing on the evolution of the city of Rio de Janeiro. His work has been the subject of various exhibitions in Paris, Amman, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Tbilisi, Braga and was awarded several prizes. In January 2015, his work is part of the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM/RJ).

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Rio, an inner shore (2017)

Like many people I had the impression that I knew Rio de Janeiro before I had even lived there. Images and descriptions of it were so visual: the city and the beach; the dazzling light; all your senses are blown away. In fact, when I arrived, I thought to myself: ‘this is Paradise on Earth.’ Like these travellers that Cendrars made fun of when they discovered Guanabara Bay, the ocean gateway to the city. Three years later and my fascination is as strong as ever for Rio, but now I look at it more from within. The power of illusion that it radiates entices me more than its beauty. What if the myth wasn’t the city itself, but the idea of it? A part of the world that has always been a...

Rio de Janeiro, « Minha Casa, Minha Vida » (2016)

In Rio de Janeiro, Vincent Catala meets men and women who benefited from « Minha Casa, Minha Vida » program. They are 2.6 millions of Brazilians who was proposed to abandoned their houses in the favelas to join newly built housing estate and find the road out of their misery. But, in Rio, host city for the Olympics Games, the issue differs. Most of the relocated was evicted from the favelas which had to be razed for the required Olympics infrastructures. For many of them, the hope to get out poverty thanks to this national program has been fleeting. The housings are new, but construction defects are already appearing, and some appartments had to be renovated. Nethertheless, more than...

Ribeirao Preto, the city of the French football team (2014)

The French football team will settle in Ribeirao Preto –located an hour’s flight from Rio and Sao Paulo- during the Brazilian World Football Cup. After the splendor of the South African resort of Knysna, where the French football players organized a strike during the training, before getting out of the competition in the group phase, the JP Hotel of Ribeirao Preto makes amends. However, the 2014 base camp of the French team -without being ostentatious- has all the amenities required for football stars: spacious rooms, swimming pools and private training room. A week before the arrival of the French delegation, Vincent Catala had access to the JP Hotel, and the stadium of Botafogo...

N.N.I.P.A.S. (2014)

N.N.I.P.A.S (Nous N’Irions Pas Si) is the result of a collaboration between three photographers, an illustrator and a writer. The project is simple: during a couple of days, we confront ourselves to a place -usually a city- where we would not have gone if we had not been together and if a master of ceremony hadn't imposed us to go. The ambition of N.N.I.P.A.S. is to deliver an interpretation of this place by providing a visual, graphic, textual and sonorous universe, created from situations experienced by the participants; to bring up a world by combining different media and materials of expression within a collective creation. These situations shape the stories' organization in...


From 2016-04-01 to 2016-05-22

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Night(s) (Mougins)
From 2015-02-15 to 2015-05-18

Night(s) is an collective exhibition dedicated to nocturnal ambiences, where the moonlight meets the parisian worldliness and installations of the CIA in Berlin. Vincent Catala presents his work \"Jane at nightfall\", the evocation of mysterious disappearances in the back alleys of Rio. \'\'Rio de Janeiro, 2008. I meet Jane, prostitute, who accepts that I follow her, that I share her nights with her : blind little streets, motels full of fuzzy whisperings, fleeting meetings suddenly emerging from the darkness and vanishing short after. One year later, when I come back to Rio, she has...

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