MEXICAN WORLDS: 25 CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHERS
The PhotoIreland, The Embassy of Mexico and the Sebastian Guinness Gallery present Mexican worlds: 25 Contemporary Photographers.
The ‘Mundos mexicanos: 25
Contemporary Photographers’ exhibition, curated by Alejandro Castellanos,
presents a number of the most significant works of recent decades. Roughly half
of these belong to the collections of the Centro de la Imagen, which was
established in 1994 with the mission of acquiring photographs and promoting
The outbreak of the Mexican Revolution, which happened exactly a century ago, completely changed the politics of the country. The post-revolutionary regime that lasted until the end of the 20th Century developed and promoted the idea of “The Mexican”, a unitary mythology based on the integration of two cultures, the pre-Hispanic and the Spanish. A new post-nationalist story emerged near the beginning of the 21th Century, due to the deep transformations that have taken place not only in the areas of politics and the economy, but, above all, in culture. This dynamism motivated artists to develop a vision not anchored in the past, but in the present, a convulsive time charged with energy whose complexity impedes the profiling of future tendencies, even as they inevitably enter into a greater integration with the world.
There are three ways in which Mexican Worlds deals with these questions: the individual, the community, and space; concepts that group these three as a whole as seen in the work of the exhibit’s 25 artists. This exhibit looks to relate and present to the public a series of works characterized by creative autonomy.
The works of nine of the artists in this exhibit are from the collection of the Centro de la Imagen. A public entity founded in 1994, dedicated to research, education and promotion of photography in Mexico, the Centro was created by the artistic and photographic community with the support of the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (National Council for Culture and the Arts), and the Centro Nacional de las Artes (National Center for the Arts).
Delirium and knowledge, dream and death, irony and premonition, subjectivity and estrangement, all form a web of contrasts of the experience of the individual who looks at himself/herself in the mirror of the photographic image; a resource of affirmation and denial, of search and contradiction. All this is shown in the work of Patricia Aridjis, Cannon Bernáldez, Marianna Dellekamp, Daniela Edburg, Graciela Iturbide, Edgar Rolando Martínez and Fernando Montiel Klint, whose images have renewed, in the Mexican context, the idea of the photographer that openly presents his/her personal imaginarium.
Mexican Photography has a strong
established tradition of representation of the culture, habits, and beliefs of
the communities that integrate the country. The criticism of social
marginalization and the affirmation of the festive richness of popular culture
are characteristic aspects of documentary essays produced by Mexican
photographers, as is the review of rural isolation with its ancestral
traditions, that contrasts with life in the big cities of
From the ominous to the parodic, passing through illusion and its allegories, the images of Yolanda Andrade, Dante Busquets, Livia Corona, Gabriel Figueroa Flores, Pedro Meyer, Gerardo Montiel Klint, Rubén Ortiz Torres and Gerardo Suter, assume a critical relationship with their surroundings; a distancing that allows them to reframe the certainties of the visible, thus representing space and architecture as precincts of memory, metaphors and ironies, through photographs either direct or staged. The relationship between the image, its physical support and its own relation with the site where it is presented is, in itself, one of the clues that characterizes these works; whose authors, in some cases, emphasize the possibilities opened by digital technology in the development of their proposals.
The 25 photographers that take part in this show are: Lorenzo Armendáriz, Carlos Cazalis, Livia Corona, Marco Antonio Cruz, Federico Gama, Maya Goded, Lourdes Grobet, Eniac Martínez, Francisco Mata, Dulce Pinzón, Yvonne Venegas, Patricia Aridjis, Cannon Bernáldez, Marianna Dellekamp, Daniela Edburg, Graciela Iturbide, Edgar Rolando Martínez, Fernando Montiel Klint, Yolanda Andrade, Dante Busquets, Gabriel Figueroa Flores, Pedro Meyer, Gerardo Montiel Klint, Rubén Ortiz Torres, and Gerardo Suter.
Daniela Edburg, Killing Time, Atomic picnic,