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Exhibition: Urbes Mutantes at the International Center of Photography

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Urbes Mutantes:  Latin American Photography
1949 - 2013


Through September 7, 2014

This major survey of Latin American photographic work draws on movements in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.  The exhibition, which covers seven decades, but keys-in particularly on the 1950's - 1980's, takes the dynamic and often chaotic Latin American city as its focus.  The core period, 1950's - 1980's, holds potency, as major social and political upheaval occurred at the time.  On the whole the images ask for a revision of how the continent's cities have been imagined and underline the co-mingling of art and politics in Latin American society.  The exhibition is organized into sections that explore the use of the street as platform for protest, formation of urban identities, popular street culture, and the face of poverty. Street photography as a genre in Latin America became particularly important as the public way, the street, became the setting for uprisings and revolutions, so in certain instances, as exhibition Curator Alexis Fabry points out, "politics and art were inseparable."  In an effort to avoid petty distinctions between photography's nuanced genres Urbes Mutantes (Mutant Cities) takes the whole of photographic history into consideration and highlights the depth, richness, and diversity of the photographic history of Latin America.  The exhibition includes over 200 images drawn from the private collection of Leticia and Stanislas Poniatowski.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit the International Center for Photography

Tags:  ICP  International Center for Photography  Latin Art 

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