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Alonso Is In Focus With Photography Exhibit at MOLAA

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"Aliento/Breath" by Oscar Munoz

The Museum of Latin American Art is exhibiting Changing The Focus – Latin American Photography 1990-2005. Thoughtfully curated by Idurre Alonso, this is a must see show for anyone involved in photography.

Imagine culling the most interesting and relevant examples of photography created between 1990 and 2005 from all of Latin America. Quite a daunting task. Now imagine a brain full of inspiration once you slowly take them in. After viewing this exhibit, you will ask yourself an important question. How can my photography make more of an impact?

The work ranges from topographical photography that documents failed utopias, to creating imaginary reality. Throw in political statements as well as a disturbing portrayal of female vanity, and you have a collective brew of thought provoking imagery.

My personal favorite is the Columbian, Oscar Munoz’s, Aliento/Breath. Round steel disks are mounted on the wall at eye level. They each hide an image of a desaparecidos/disappeared person until the viewer “breaths life” onto the disk to reveal their presence. At the same time, the viewer’s image reflects back at them, a reminder that we are all participants in the larger world around us, and that we have the power to make change. Munoz has created a strong political and emotional point without making you walk through the river of blood his country suffers.

I rarely buy an exhibition catatlog, but the $25 spent for this one is a good investment. The show is worth a second visit,  and the catalog will provide an injection of inspiration forever.

Museum of Latin American Art

628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone 562.437.1689


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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