Fran Beaufrand talks about his fashion photography exhibit alongside up-and-coming Venezuelan photographers, as part of the VAF Miami 2014.
We have spent a couple of years planning how to feature your work as part of the Venezuelan Art Festival, and finally, this year we got the perfect opportunity to do so in Miami, where we wanted to host a homage, a celebration of your work, specially as a fashion photographer. As soon as we talked to you about the whole homage idea, you said no, and you immediately proposed to simply host an exhibition featuring some of your best work as a fashion photographer, but alongside the best work of the most promising up-and-coming Venezuelan photographers. Considering you are, no doubts about it, the most acclaimed fashion photographer of the country, why did you reject the idea of a homage so quickly?
It seems to me that the idea of working collectively brings extraordinary results when it comes to showing what our country has to offer, and also when we are talking about a creative moment. Thinking as a group is not only a demonstration of generosity, it also denotes a diversity of views, the need to represent in a pluralistic way everything that is going in in the world of the photographic creations.
You have been key in the process of selecting the photographers whose work will accompany your exhibition at the VAF-Miami, why did you choose Ram Martínez, Tita Beaufrand, Hernán Martínez, Bernardo Olmos, Beto Gutiérrez & Alex Barrios to be those photographers?
New York has basically been your playground for most of your life, but what’s the thing you like the most about Miami?
José Antonio Navarrate is the curator of the exhibition, and when it comes to photography he is one of the most important curators in Latin America, what does it feel like to be working with him to bring this exhibition to life?
Gady Alroy is also part of this team and part of the exhibition will be presented at his gallery, Art Media. What’s so important about galleries dedicated to showcasing photography like Art Media? and what’s the thing you like the most about working with Gady?
Why do you think it is so important to promote Venezuelan art outside of our borders right now, specially photography?
For more information about Fran Beaufrand and his work, visit: http://www.franbeaufrand.com/