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Antwerp-based Gallery FIFTY ONE specializes in fine art photography and works on paper. Since its founding in 2000, the gallery has been focusing on 20th- and 21st- Century photography (vintage, classic, fashion, African and contemporary). In 2011, the gallery started an ongoing dialogue between photography and works on paper.

In 2014 a new gallery space opened its doors: FIFTY ONE TOO.

In 2018, the gallery launched ’28 Vignon Street’; a new online art platform that responds to the online evolution on the art market.

Zirkstraat 20,
2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Tuesday – Saturday, 1 – 6 pm
T +32(0)3 289 84 58



Arpaïs Du Bois (Belgium, 1973) approaches man’s being-in-the-world in a very personal and intimate way. Her drawings and texts are at the same time sharp and ambiguous; playful and poetic observations of the world that surrounds her. Out of an intense involvement, she reflects on societal issues, big and small, and the often unnoticed moments and events that shape our lives. Amidst the abundance of impressions that come to us every day, Du Bois’s drawings create a moment of stillness and reflection. They are often syntheses of images, expressing as much as possible with a minimum of resources. They offer the viewer a resting point, a way to frame the chaotic reality.

The content of Du Bois’s exhibitions is generally provided in the form of pages torn from her drawing books arranged in novel constellations, combined with mid-scale and large- scale drawings and paintings on paper.


Arpaïs Du Bois, les foules solitaires, 2022, mixed media on paper, 25 x 19 cm, unique

‘Les foules solitaires’ (freely translated: the solitary crowds) contains a paradox. We see a tightly packed, yet lonely crowd. This crowd offers both oppression as a kind of shielding or protection. The work can therefore be ‘read’ threateningly or rather reassuringly. It summarizes a recognizable state (of doubt).

With this work Arpaïs Du Bois wonders how ‘in touch’ are we (nowadays)? Both on a daily basis, as at moments in which it really matters, when mobilisation is crucial? But also: how to escape from or move in a crowd in undesirable, worrying situations? What remains of humanity in dire circumstances?

This work is characteristic of Arpaïs Du Bois’ nuanced but therefore no less sharp attention to social and political themes. It asks questions, demands attention, opens a chink for dialogue. To possibly – for a while – be connected and maybe make a difference.


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