Culture & Communication
Mexico is too often represented by American photographers traveling south across the border. In this exhibition, five Mexican photographers reverse that dynamic, focusing their lenses on the complex duality of their experience.
Ruth Prieto Arenas opens a window into the lives of Mexican immigrant women in New York City, where they are masters of their own world, where they control their time and their choices, where they have a safe haven. Chuy Benitez’s panoramic photographs capture Houston’s vibrant Mexican-American community at a moment of explosive growth. Fernando Brito’s images of bodies dumped in the Sinaloa countryside by drug cartels bring home the tragedy created by the United States’ insatiable drug consumption. Alejandro Cartagena has spent much of the last decade examining the Mexico-US relationship along the border in various documentary photo series, including Suburbia Mexicana, Between Borders and The Car Poolers. Mauricio Palos’ photos, from spring break in Cancun to Detroit’s bleak streets, brilliantly highlight the historic contradictions between our two countries. In the this exhibition, the gaze is not at a Mexico defined by the US, but at Mexicans exploring and defining themselves as they navigate the Mexican and Mexican-American experience today.
Photos Top © Alejandro Cartagena | Ejido División del Norte, Reynosa Tamaulipas, 2009.
Bottom left © Fernando Brito | Culiacán, Mexico, June 2011 | An unidentified body on the banks of the Humaya River in Colonia Las Cucas. It was later confirmed that the body had at least two gunshot wounds to the head.
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