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FOTOGRAFÍA: Latin American Photography

July 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

Photography is one of the most fertile fields in the visual arts in Latin America. In this exhibition, a selection of photographs by four artists from Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru shows the great range of artistic styles that has developed in the Americas during the past few decades.

Colombian Carlos Hoyos’ photography brings together technological and artistic experimentation in a uniquely expressive and lyrical style. His ingenious aerial photography allows the viewer to experience nature, art and architecture from a dramatic viewpoint.

Luis González Palma uses symbolic iconography to make statements about the social and political issues faced by the Mayan people of his native Guatemala. His works are rich with texture and embedded with nostalgia and melancholy.

Graciela Iturbide from Mexico finds beauty in the mundane and captures everyday scenes with hypnotic magical qualities. Iturbide’s photography reflects the style of magic realism in which fantasy is very much part of the Latin American reality, made popular in the literary world by authors such as Gabriel García Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges.

Lastly, young Peruvian artist Diego Lama uses the medium to question the cultural politics of his native country. He experiments with scale and color, resulting in arresting imagery that tell an intriguing story which the viewer is encouraged to discover. This unique series of photographs is testament to the fact that the evolution of photography is ongoing, and it provides an opportunity to appreciate the wealth of talent that has given Latin America its reputation as an important photographic center in the international art scene.