Looking at México
Exhibition Dates: July 14th - August 25th, 2012
Reception and Booksigning with the Curator:
Saturday, July 14th
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The group show Looking at Mexico
featrues work by 10 Photographers working in Mexico, and was curated by Allejandro Cartagena. Exhibiting artists include Alejandra Laviada, Melba Arellano, David Corona, Claudia Hans, Eunice Adorno, José Luis Cuevas, Kenia Narez, Omar Gamez, Alinka Echeverria, and Roberto Tondopó. The country and its people are at a grave moment of distress; this exhibition proves that the photographic media has the ability wield powerful force agains the truths simply by lifting a light to them. The light shines in different directions on naratives that runs the gamete from those who confront the difficult state of affairs to those that retreat into another world.
David Corona and Jose Luis Cuevas's works seem to be the heaviest and most oppressive with reference to a physical border or desire to escape. Alinka Echeverria's works are paired down. Figures literally carry faith. Portraits of the Virgin are tied and sculptures strapped to the backs of unknown porters. Melba Arellano pushes from desolation into light humor with a series of interior portraits. A small boy on a bed in a stark room stands looking to the distance, and we wonder at his solitude and his future. Other works of Arellano reveal that while everything may not be perfect, there is hope. Litteral rays of sunshine flood through a bedroom space where a woman sprawls across the bead to rummage through a box of forgotten papers. Roberto Tondopo's works have a similar humor to Arellano; color and pattern give airiness to scenes that would otherwise seem burdened with disconnect. Truth in Tondopo's frames is a little easier to take with humor. Kenia Narez's pieces are pastoral and a bit surreal or reminiscent of a half-remembered ferry tale. Animals become personified and figures are cropped in ways that make them anonymous.
There are definite lines between the works; even when they shine from different angles or are intent on different perspectives. The connection to place and shared condition unites the work. Themes of anonymity and identity, desperation and hope, desire and faith begin to weave a web that connects pieces while allowing each to expand in different directions.
For more information on the exhibition please visit Kopeikin Gallery