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Possible Worlds

Photography and Fiction in Mexican Contemporary Art

On View:
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 — Sunday, October 8, 2017


­­Possible Worlds: Photography and Fiction in Mexican Contemporary Art, features more than 40 works by nine contemporary Mexican photographers including Mauricio Alejo, Ricardo Alzati, Katya Braylovsky, Alex Dorfsman, Daniela Edburg, Rubén Gutiérrez, Kenia Nárez, Fernando Montiel and Damián Siqueiros.

Influenced by film, literature, fantasy, science fiction, electronic music, these artists delve into alternative worlds. They are part of a new generation of photographers breaking away from the photojournalistic tradition established by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Guillermo Kahlo, Manuel Carrillo, Nacho López and others in the 20 th century. These works speak to avenues of the imagination, rather than serving as documentation of the natural world.

The artists in this exhibition record both their utopias and nightmares to create myths and fables. Their fictional worlds may reflect a desire to escape, to establish a new order of elements in the world, or even relate fables about what we are not and will never be, but would like to be.  There is a freedom in the conception of limitless worlds. Possible Worlds brings the viewer into the imaginations of these talented photographers, whose imagined worlds are not limited by what can be physically described in a concrete universe.

The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, and the Mexican Cultural Institute in Miami. At the Frost Art Museum, it was coordinated by Klaudio Rodriguez, Curator, and Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, Director.

Image Caption: Daniela Edburg,  Atomic Picnic, 2007, digital print, 39.3 x 59 inches

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