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Celebrating the Art of Mexican Photography This Summer at The Frost Art Museum Fiu

July 3, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU celebrates the art of Mexican photography this summer with two exhibitions: Becoming Mexico: The Photographs of Manuel Carrillo andPossible Worlds: Photography and Fiction in Mexican Contemporary ArtThe opening reception is free, open to the public on Saturday, July 8, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (directions to Florida International University).

With Becoming Mexico, the museum traces the deep roots of the genre with the striking photo-journalistic work that captured the country’s national identity featuring more than thirty of Manuel Carrillo’s gelatin silver prints. Carrillo’s photographs serve as a celebration of the human spirit. These photographs are part of the museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition was curated by Klaudio Rodriguez, the museum’s Curator.

In Possible Worlds, works of imagination and fantasy by Mexican contemporary artists serve as a counterpoint featuring more than 40 artworks by nine contemporary Mexican photographers including Mauricio AlejoRicardo AlzatiKatya BraylovskyAlex DorfsmanDaniela EdburgRuben GutierrezKenia Narez,Fernando Montiel and Damian Siqueiros.

“We are delighted to present these two exhibitions that pinpoint very different periods in Mexico’s history of photography,” said the Director of the Frost Art Museum FIU, Dr. Jordana Pomeroy. “It is fascinating to see how photography can not only document but actually define and shape the identity of a country. Through his camera, Manuel Carrillo captured the rapidly changing character of his country, from a rural to an industrialized nation. Fast forward, more than half century later, and we see how contemporary artists in Mexico are using the medium from an entirely different perspective by illustrating worlds of possibilities.”

More about the Artists
Manuel Carrillo (1906-1989) began his quest in 1955 to capture indigenous Mexico with his camera, portraying his country and its people as it truly was without any colonial or outside influences. Carrillo firmly believed in Mexicanidad, a cultural movement during the 1920s led by influential writers, photographers and artists following Mexico’s Revolution.

Carillo’s street photography documented the everyday life, local rituals and practices of campesinos (peasants and farmers), indios (first nation peoples), and mestizo men, women and children in Mexico. For the artist and his subjects, Carrillo’s photographs forged a national identity. He photographed during an era when peasants wore traditional dress, men wore huarache sandals and women wore their rebozo shawl. His subjects are proud, strong and optimistic ̶ but his photographs also reflect the despair of impoverished rural communities.

In contrast, Possible Worlds: Photography and Fiction in Mexican Contemporary Art presents the work of today’s artists in Mexico and the influence that film, literature, fantasy and electronic music all have on their contemporary work.


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