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Notas al Futuro

  •  Galería Breve 37 Berlín Juárez, CDMX, 06600 Mexico (map)
Cover for  El día que tú naciste  ( The Day You Were Born ) by Martha Naranjo Sandoval

Cover for El día que tú naciste (The Day You Were Born) by Martha Naranjo Sandoval

Opening: Octubre 14 | 11 AM - 3:00 PM
Hours: 11am-6pm

Photography, among many other things, can be a mode of resistance. Resistance to oblivion and the passing of time (and, implicitly, to death). Resistance to injustice, repression, as well social and sexual norms. For some time now, it has also been a form of resistance against its own limitations as a medium.

Notas al Futuro presents the work of a group of 28 international artists from 12 countries who are responding to a somber political horizon marked by pessimism and uncertainty. Their styles, perspectives, techniques and general approaches span the spectrum of contemporary photographic practices. They are—each in their own way—enacting a dialogue with that precarious future that our generation faces, and, in doing so, both questioning and reinterpreting photography itself.

The ubiquity of images and the attendant crisis of representation generate an explosion of possibilities. While some choose to return to traditional techniques, others dispense completely with the camera and even with the image. Sometimes, the flat paper of the print takes a life of its own and becomes three-dimensional, crawling around the corners of the exhibition space. Some artists prefer to problematize the documentary impulse, freely combining it with staged scenes and the creation of fictitious realms. The act of recording the realities of others takes the added dimension of an interchange of subjectivities and vulnerabilities. Memory, narrative, poetry, trauma, sexual and cultural identities, literary references, formalistic explorations and archive work configure a multiplicity of expressive constellations.

In this general landscape, some artists observe impassively the patterns and traces of chaos and randomness. Some analyze and theorize, while others display their intimacy before the viewer. In the end, they constitute a global polyphonic choir that points towards the possibility of transcending the barriers of nationality, as well as advancing a conversation with contemporary Mexico. 

Sofía Garfías, Verónica Puche & Miguel Winograd

Earlier Event: September 22
New York Art Book Fair
Later Event: October 24
Mexico and Puerto Rico Fund Raiser