Saturday, 26 May 2012

sfmoma, photography in mexico, romance, iguanas, che, saying goodbye, nostalgia




Visited SFMOMA this morning to see the Mexico in Photography exhibition that by happy coincidence is on just round the corner from the LASA congress.

The exhibition has been assembled from photos held by SFMOMA and covers the 1920s to the present. From wonderful patterned images influenced by European 1920s photographers to edgily poignant aerial shots of contemporary Mexico City and the attempts by Mexicans to cross the desert to the US.

Highlights included the work of Tina Modotti and Edward Watson who lived and worked together in Mexico in the 20s (how romantic is that); Manuel Alvarez Bravo (especially Diego Rivera pintando un mural, 1930s); Manuel Carrillo's extraordinary image of a vast pack of wild dogs, 1975 (thought I could spot Tufty's cousin a few times removed in that one); the photos of Rodrigo Moya, icluding Che melancolico, La Habana, Cuba, 1964; Graciela Iturbide's images of festivals--for example, Nuestra Senora de las iguanas (woman wearing an amazing hat made of iguanas!); and Oscar Fernando Gomez's wonderfully quirky colour shots from the 2000s.

Last visit to the book fair followed. Bought, amongst other titles, Remembering Che: my life with Che Guevara by Che's widow, Aleida March, new out from Ocean Press and already well received. Sad to be saying goodbye to SALALM friends who have been so welcoming.

Seeing the Chilean film, Nostalgia de la luz later--which is about memory, astronomy and archaeology, amongst other things.
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