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The Artists

Mexico

Hector Garcia

Hector Garcia, Mexico City 1923 – 2012, was called the "City Photographer" by the Mexican intellectual Carlos Monsiváis.

The work of this photojournalist, who worked on publications including Tomorrow, Forever!, America's Magazine, Time and Life, having his own column in the newspaper Excelsior, portrayed the life of Mexico since the mid-twentieth century.

In 1950, he founded "Foto Press", his own photo agency, to cover everything from political events to sports and entertainment. But he never stopped photographing what would be the most important theme of his work: the daily life of Mexico City's different social strata.

His career as a photojournalist was acknowledged three times with the National Journalism Award and his artistic work with the National Award for Science and Arts.

Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Mexico City 1902 – 2002, is without any doubt the most important 20th century Mexican photographer.

At first his work relates to the pictoralimo, which will bypass the contact with modern currents of art such as Cubism, Surrealism and other abstract art forms. Also, his relationship with photographers like Tina Modotti or painters such as Diego Rivera, led him to take an interest in and explore Mexican culture and its traditions, both in rural areas and in cities he considered as modernised, offering a look that went beyond documentary photography.

Using resources such as juxtaposition, details' isolation or geometric arrangement generated unexpected images of everyday life and of the landscape. His relationship with the poets is reflected in their writings. The work of Alvarez Bravo has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in Mexico and abroad.

Mariana Yampolsky

Mariana Yampolsky, born in Chicago, USA in 1925 and died in Mexico City in 2002, came to Mexico in 1945 where she joined La Esmeralda art school. While her photographic work began in 1948 with the personal documentation of her travels in Mexico, it was not until 1960 that she had her first exhibition.

Her photographs document rural Mexico, both its landscape as well as its villages and their inhabitants. These photographs are collected in several publications such as The Singing House, Tlacotalpan, Stays from Oblivion and Image and Memory, to name just a few.

In many of these books are images of vernacular architecture, which for Yampolsky was a role model because of its simplicity and functionality. A proof of that is her book The Singing House, which can be considered as a reference book about vernacular architecture in Mexico.

Claudia Fernández

Claudia Fernández, born in Mexico City, 1965, studied at the Faculty of Fine Cabañas Cultural Institute in Guadalajara, Arts and graduated in Visual Arts at the National School of Arts in San Carlos. Her work is developed in a wide spectrum ranging from painting, installation, video and photography, as well as community and educational projects, which proposes models of participation and social art.

Fabiola Menchelli

Fabiola Menchelli, born in Mexico City in 1983, graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with an MFA in Visual Arts and Photography and holds a BA in Arts from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. She has been invited to significant artist residences including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She has been awarded several honours including the FONCA Young Creators Grant, the Fulbright – García Robles Fellowship 2011-2013, the FONCA-CONACYT grant for studying abroad 2011-2013 and the MassArt Dean's Award for Fulbright Scholars 2012. She has participated in national and international art exhibitions and juried shows in Mexico, US, Canada, UK, Sweden and Australia. She was recently awarded the Acquisition Prize for the XVI National Biennale of Photography 2014 from the Center for the Image in Mexico. She lives and works in Mexico City.

Guillermo Kahlo

Guillermo Kahlo, born in Germany in 1871 and died in Mexico City in 1941, was a German-Mexican photographer, who worked documenting architecture, city landscapes and landmarks. In 1901 he set up a photographic studio, working for El Mundo Ilustrado and Semanario Ilustrado. He was commissioned by the government to do architectural photographs. From 1904 to 1908, he was commissioned by José Yves Limantour, finance minister of Porfirio Díaz, to document churches that changed property during the government of Benito Juárez in the XIX century. This work was used by the artist Dr. Atl in the 1920s, to illustrate his book Churches of Mexico.

Lake Verea

Lake Verea comprises Francisca Rivero-Lake Cortina, born in Mexico City, 1973, and Carla Verea Hernández, born in Mexico City, 1978. They have been working as a duo since 2005. Their practice focuses on experimentation of photographic techniques and formats to achieve a personal and intimate view.

Diego Pérez

Diego Pérez, born in México City in 1975, is a photographer based in Mexico. His work can be defined as an investigation of ways to experience the subjective within specific social contexts from which reflects, criticizes and proposes new solutions or ways of living within them.

Tina Modotti

Tina Modotti, Udine, Italy, 1896 – Mexico City; Mexico,1942, was an Italian actress, model, photographer and member of the Communist Party. She arrived in Mexico following her husband. Soon after her husband's death, she met American photographer Edward Weston. She became Weston's lover and model, and he taught her about photography.

According to Manuel Alvarez Bravo, her photography had two moments: the romantic, and the revolutionary. The first is characterized by the pictures of objects, architectural details, and flowers. While the second documents the class struggle, the indigenous people, and activities and members of the Communist Party in Mexico.

She was expelled from Mexico in 1930, but returned to the country at the end of the Spanish Civil War. She died in Mexico City in 1942.

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