Cycles of Contemporary Mexican Photography
@ Zhou B Art Center
1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609
Opening Friday, June 15th, from 7PM - 10PM
Organized by Sergio Gomez and Ernesto Marenco
“Cycles of Contemporary Mexican Photography” consists of 4 individual sections: 3 photographers presenting their own works, and collaborating on one collective photographic exhibition.
Different forms of abandonment and Dolls for the blind
The photographic selections “Dolls for the blind” and “Of the different forms of abandonment”, by the photojournalist Máximo Cerdio, constitute a look at the universal human from the individual himself and his circumstances.
The 36 images presented by Máximo Cerdio in Zhou b Art Center, correspond to different times and different cities in Mexico, where he performs his journalistic and poetic work. “Of the different forms of abandonment” is integrated by 18 photographs of people, animals, things in different situations. They show the different ways in which someone or something that should be accompanied or full, is now only or empty.
Each of the 18 photographs tells a latent story with its characters, times, places and circumstances. If the viewer approaches and stops long enough, it is possible that he can build his own story, sometimes autobiographical.
“Dolls for the blind” also consists of 18 images that correspond to a specific time and place. These are recycled toys located in a chinampa, in the Xochimilco delegation, in Mexico City. They document several recycled dolls, with deformations and terrifying gestures, that the owners of that place have installed to attract tourists, but that, originally, were treasured by the original duel, Julian Santa Ana Barrera, who lived there since the seventies and he died at the
age of 80.
Máximo Cerdio (Huixtla, Chiapas, Mexico) is a photojournalist and writer who transposes the resources of poetry into photographic images, resulting in an image that not only documents a moment of the life of people, cities or of objects in a space and in a specific place (purpose of journalistic and documentary photography), but it goes beyond the moment: the images provoke emotions and move to reflect on the human.
The stories of migrants are as old as human history, social phenomenon where people leave their homeland searching a better future, whose final destination is marked by uncertainty. Thus, the photographic work of Arturo Betancourt opened a challenge to human existence from traces of human beings, whose presence absence fades against the emptiness of the scenarios that surround them, where the expression documents and explore other realities.
This photographic essay, not meant to be a mere illustration of the harsh reality, but a photograph of the critical unconsciousness of the individual, submerged by social inertia in apathy to all historical matters that surround him. The photographs try to confront the spectator between the importance of “being” and not just “to exist”, to reflect in those actions that turn the individual insensitive and as part of a society used to its own routines. These images seek to remove the inner consciousness and resurrect “the human being with a voice and sight, with the ability to hear and thus, one who possesses a criteria.”
>Rene Torres Escoto
And what meaning now has the castle in contemporary culture? They existed as a refuge; a bulwark against all invaders. Now they exist as both structures and symbols, a retreat to an aesthetic long since gone. Yet, they remain: as homes, hotels and commercial destinations which give them and their inhabitants a blurry and amorphous identity.
This group of photographs may indeed give rise to more questions than answers: who lives in them, and why? Their functionality is no longer needed, but clearly, their architectural presence as an expressive force remains.
Cultural and societal hierarchies may have largely evaporated, but their icons have not: castles were where the aristocracy once lived. Now, the castles live their static lives, in a post-colonial landscape, and their functions are mysteriously diversified, giving rise to this project and its attendant probings.
>Geographies of Desire
This collective photographic exhibition is made up of great photographers, to young creators of the Mexican photography.
The project was defined, in black and white images, partly to demystify the color of the skin, and thus enter into a vision of images in small format, inviting us to slide into what the photographic creation or trade of the lens has for offer us in an “erotic environment”, and that in itself is something irresistible, .. because, what is more erotic than ourselves?
In these images our visual journey will begin, where we will see the body, its intimacies, unfolding, symbolism and sacrifice are part of the task of this intimate collection that will of course cross borders beyond our own skin.
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