Graciela Iturbide 1969-1990

Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film

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[Image: Graciela Iturbide "Seri Woman, Sonora desert" 1979, gelatin silver print, image size: 22.5 x 19 cm, paper size: 25.4 x 20.3 cm © Graciela Iturbide]

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Throughout the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, Graciela Iturbide’s attention focused upon Mexico. Deeply influenced by Bravo’s and Josef Koudelka’s poetic style, Cartier-Bresson’s notion of the “decisive moment,” and filmmaker Luis Buñuel’s surrealistic style, she discovered her own style of documentary photography, which she describes as the “photo essay,” based on her strong interest in culture, ritual, and everyday life in her native Mexico and other countries. The invitation which the National Indigenous Institute (INI) extended to Iturbide in 1979 was her first major project, the series entitled Los que Viven en la Arena (Those who live in the sand). In it she captured the lives of the Seri, an indigenous people living in the Sonoran Desert, in the transition between their traditional way of life and modernization shaped by capitalism. This first experience as a photographer shaped Iturbide’s views on life, making her a strong and lifelong supporter of feminism.

This exhibition will feature 19 vintage prints taken mainly in Mexico from 1969-1990. The exhibition, which will be the artist’s first solo exhibition at Taka Ishii Gallery, includes several photographs from her iconic series Juchitán de Las Mujeres (Juchitan, A Town of Women).

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from April 02, 2016 to May 14, 2016

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