Simon Norfolk - Latin America New York Saturday, October 3, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Using his camera as a tool to investigate the effects of war and how it shapes both the architecture and culture of cities, Simon Norfolk here focuses on the Colombian city of Medellin and specifically the subject of Pablo Escobar’s soccer field. Despite Escobar’s involvement in the international drug trade and the violence it brought to Medellin until his death in 1993, he was granted cult status for funding civic projects throughout the city including the soccer field illustrated in the present lot. Norfolk’s urban night scene here provides a contrastingly calm perspective on the modern Medellin with little visual reminder that the city was at one point the center of the drug trafficking stage. The image further highlights the photographer’s strength in transforming areas devastated by war and conflict into visually beautiful compositions.


The Granizal district of Medellin, Colombia, first populated by refugees (IDPs) 30 years ago

Digital color coupler print.
39 3/4 x 49 3/4 in. (101 x 126.4 cm).
Signed, dated '2008' and numbered 10/10 in ink on a Certificate of Authenticity accompanying the work.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Latin America

3 Oct 2009
New York