HARRY GRUYAERT: Café Belgica

€23,58

FIFTY ONE PUBLICATION WITH PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE BELGIAN CAFÉ CULTURE BY HARRY GRUYAERT.

ARTIST Harry Gruyaert
TITLE Café Belgica
YEAR 2021
MEDIUM Soft cover
SIZE 21 x 15 cm
MISC

With texts by Roger Szmulewicz and Stephan Vanfleteren

Including a beermat!

PAGES 101
LANGUAGE English

 

"We Belgians are used to seeing people have fun, get drunk, dance or do whatever else they please in this temple of emotions. To sober outsiders, cafés are an enigmatic territory, where a miracle potion is served. It's Harry instead of Asterix chez les Belges. In all likelihood, the photographer had to leave his comfort zone to better understand it. Taking a step back to see the bigger picture. Leaving to arrive. It's ironic that no other Belgian was able to preserve this culture as brilliantly as Gruyaert. I used the word preserve on purpose. Unlinke wine, beer is not stored. It is consumed as soon as possible. Perhaps that's why beer drinkers are so impatient when they're thirsty."

(Stephan Vanfleteren, from his introduction to the new FIFTY ONE Publication 'Café Belgica' by Harry Gruyaert)