Silent City
15/05 - 18/08/2013

My period in the Espace Photographie Contretype was an experience as an atelier in the open air, with Brussels in the main character.

It was my second visit to Brussels, the first was in 1999, when I spent 48 hours in the city and considered a jewel European.
Now in 2012, I noticed a cultural issue, is the silence of the city, which is very different than Brazilian cities, where the presence of people is always marked by the profusion of sounds that they create. This silence was the track to "find" my pictures, which unveiled to me, every walk I did.

I have all time for me, because I was alone in the days and nights of Brussels, available time for photography, the small tours like a diver, or in moments of Musiq 3 at night, when the extreme cold makes you live with your private demons.

In sunlight, a deep appreciation of the reflections and shadows of the city, revealing another universe, like a secret film noir, where danger, mysteries and secrets are hidden in the shadows.

Brussels says: "Decipher me or I will devour you". This was the feeling of living somewhere else, where there is more time for contemplation, each photograph is a "conquered land", a representation of the world for myself, with its intentionality, to see my position before the destructive nature of the space, and then to be constructed and articulated by who see them.

The realized images for Contretype became a new series, Silent City. All pictures in black and white, photographed with a Rolleiflex camera, like my others series, La Nuit Americaine, D'Aprés, Galactic and Contrejour.
All my photographs are nominated, identified by a name that relates to the sayable and the visible, as the narration of his ‘âme picturale’, enhancing the expression of the idea contained in the representation, so is the drawing of the word, spoken or read.

Chance is the best accuracy, measure light mentally, expose the camera to the light, risking, knowing they cannot do it again, but you do, then see how it was, I feel different from the writer who writes and erases, the theater actor who experiences every presentation, as photographer I deciphered Brussels.

Vicente de Mello

Vicente de Mello, "Silent City" series, Résidences d'artistes à Bruxelles-Contretype

The exhibition is part of the Artists in Residence in Brussels programme, which Contretype
started in 1997, and which continues in partnership with the Wallonie-Brussels Federation
and the Francophone Community Commission (COCOF).

Vicente De Mello is born in São Paulo in 1965. He lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.

1992-1994: Post graduated in Art History and Architecture in Brazil at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC ‐RJ.

Exhibitions (individuals):
2013: "Silent City", Espace Photographique Contretype - Bruxelles
: “Atrack ‐Grande Campo‐ High Tech Low Tech”, curator: Alfons Hug ‐Oi Futuro Ipanema‐ Rio de Janeiro‐ Brazil.
2010: “Orquestra de Trombones”, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói MAC – Niterói – Niterói‐ Brazil.
“Strobo”, Galeria Eduardo Fernandes – São Paulo‐ Brazil.
“Pli selon pli”, Projeto Parede, Museu de Arte Moderna – MAM‐SP – São Paulo‐ Brazil.
2008: “Quantas ASAS têm um pixel?”, Galeria Eduardo H. Fernandes – São Paulo‐ Brazil.
2007: “Vicente de Mello – Photographies 1995 – 2007”, Maison Européenne de la Photographie – Paris‐France.
“Moiré. Galáctica. Bestiário”, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – São Paulo‐ Brazil.
2006: “Moiré. Galáctica. Bestiário”, Centro Cultural Telemar – Rio de Janeiro‐ Brazil.
“´après, Contre Jour e Noite Americana”, Galeria Artur Fidalgo – Rio de Janeiro‐ Brazil.
2004: “Noite Americana /Interiores”, Galeria D.concept – São Paulo‐ Brazil.
2003: “Atrás do Olhar – Fotoarte”, Galeria Rubem Valentin and Espaço Cultural Renato Russo – Brasília‐ Brazil.
2002: “Vermelhos Telúricos”, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – Rio de Janeiro‐ Brazil.
2001: “Noite Americana”, Galeria Canvas – Porto‐ Portugal.
2000: “Noite Americana”, Galeria Baró Senna – São Paulo‐ Brazil.
1999: “Noite Americana”, Galeria Catete et Museu da República – Rio de Janeiro‐ Brazil.
1998: “Dez Anos”, Galeria Casa Triângulo – São Paulo‐ Brazil.
“Topografia Imaginária”, Centro de Artes Calouste Gulbenkian et Galeria Ismael Nery – Rio de Janeiro‐ Brazil.
1996: “Tempo inocente”, Galeria do Centro Cultural Oduvaldo Vianna Filho – Rio de Janeiro‐RJ et Cento Cultural Pascoal Carlos Magno, Niterói‐ Brazil.
1995: “Moiré e Esteroscopia Negra”, Galeria do Espaço Cultural Sérgio Porto – Rio de Janeiro‐ Brazil.
1994: “Topografia Imaginária” in 4ª Mostra do programa Anual de exposições, Centro Cultural São Paulo – São Paulo‐ Brazil.

Awards: APCA Prize (Paulista Association of Art critics) for Best Photography exhibition in 2007.

Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo‐ Brazil
Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo – MAM ‐ Brazil
Gilberto Chateaubriand’s Collection / Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro ‐ Brazil
Museu de Arte, São Paulo – MASP –Pirelli’s Collection‐ Brazil
Maison Européenne de La Photographie, Paris – Fance
Fondation Cartier pour L´art Contemporain, Paris – France
Museu de Arte Moderna Aluísio Magalhães, Recife‐ Brazil
Museu de Arte Moderna de Brasília‐ Brazil
Coleção Joaquim Paiva, Rio de Janeiro‐ Brazil