Manuel Álvarez Bravo is one of the missing myths in the history of photography, often analyzed from the condescending occidental point of view he merits and deserves new analyses…
And Jeu de Paume’s new exhibition is willing to take a fresh new look into his photography, that of the Mexican culture in the 20th century, that of its society and the profound transformations this country has experienced in over 8 decades… from the revolution of the 1910s to the 90s, from the emergence of the postrevolutionary & cosmopolitan culture to the digital age.
With deep local & popular Mexican roots but always with a modern eye his works are individual and autonomous pieces of poetry. Very influenced by cinema his photographic series could be understood as a research work, always willing to conceive photography as an art filled with questions around the image vs language relationship.
An exhibition which is willing to give a new image to the artist by presenting a selection of his most well-known images & also some new material (Polaroids & experimental films) from the 60s. A look into some unknown aspects of his photography which funnily enough are extremely pertinent and contemporary nowadays.
Structured around 8 themes we’ll get an in-depth look through 152 prints and five 8mm and super-8 film montages as well as many documents from the personal archives of the photographer which will allow the viewer to understand the facets of his professional life.
More than exotic, a key ingredient to understand the Mexican culture, and a key exhibition this autumn. More info this way pipol!