Vincent Fournier

'Space Utopia'

Saturday 23 March 2019 - Saturday 4 May 2019

The Ravestijn Gallery is proud to present the return of Vincent Fournier’s work in its new gallery. From March 30, 2019 until May 11, 2019 - the gallery will present Space Utopia, a collection of eleven years of space photography made by the French photographer.

Space Utopia collects over a decade of Fournier’s work on space exploration on earth. His photography evokes a tenacious nostalgia toward the science fiction of the twentieth century and reflects both the past, present, and future of international space travel. The exhibition consists of photos from various international space stations and research centers, and is his third at the Ravestijn Gallery.

Fournier’s images remind us of a time when space was still an unknown territory. A time when the race for discovery was broadcasted worldwide in black and white. Through his uncanny views, and sometimes humorous approach, Fournier connects these romanticized memories to the present. His work can be seen as a current premise to the (seemingly) unlimited possibilities of the near future - exactly 50 years after “one small step for man” landed on the moon.

Fournier has had access to various NASA space and research centers, and facilities of the European Space Agency (ESA), the Russian space agency (Roscosmos), and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Therefore, Space Utopia not only provides his own artistic interpretation of these space programs, but can also be seen as a documentation of the way we approach the outer space on our planet. With over a decade worth of material, Space Utopia adds a question mark to our utopian view on space travel as real life science fiction.

Vincent Fournier is a French fine art photographer exploring significant utopian and futuristic stories. Fournier was born in 1971 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where he spent the first five years of his life before moving to France. He earned degrees in sociology and visual arts before studying photography at the National School of Photography in Arles.
His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York, the Centre Pompidou Paris, and the LVMH Contemporary Art collection, among others.
His latest work consists of several NASA Space Centers (including Houston and Cape Canaveral) and presents the world’s most powerful rocket, SLS, which will launch astronauts in the agency’s Orion spacecraft on missions to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.
Space Utopia has received the support of National Geographic, Wired, Wallpaper*, and Museums such as the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, ArtScience Museum in Singapore and Modern Art Museum in Bologna.

Space Utopia is a collection of Fournier’s eleven year focus on documenting various international space programs. The exhibition will be open to the public from March 30, 2019 until May 11, 2019 and will be accompanied by an exclusive book, published by NOEVE Paris and Rizzoli New York.