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.
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