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Aperture Conversations

Aperture Conversations: Mexico City

Tuesday, September 17

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Americas Society 680 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065

Free, but registration required via this link.

Celebrating the upcoming launch of the “Mexico City” issue of Aperture magazine, three artists discuss photography in Mexico today, from the conceptual to the political. This panel will include Iñaki Bonillas on his inventive reworking of his grandfather’s archive, Pablo López Luz on his black-and-white streetscapes documenting the volcanic-stone surfaces of Mexican architecture, and Mayra Martell on her photographic homages to the families of women disappeared due to the drug wars in Ciudad Juárez. Each artist’s work is featured in the “Mexico City” issue, which illuminates the diverse image culture in North America’s largest metropolis and the ways Mexican photographers are pushing new visions in the medium.

This event is moderated by the New York-based Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue.

Iñaki Bonillas (b. 1981, lives and works in Mexico City) is a conceptual artist whose work traces family and social histories through photography, video, installation, site-specific installations, and artist books. In his deeply researched exhibition projects, from interventions inside Casa Luis Barragán to collaborations with bookbinders, he pushes beyond the two-dimensional to plumb private and collective memory. His work integrates photography in a creative process wherein reality, fiction, and the fluctuating worlds of word and image all coexist. Bonillas’s work has been exhibited at major institutions and art fairs in Mexico, the United States, and Europe.

Pablo López Luz (b. 1979, lives and works in Mexico City) has worked throughout Latin America, often focusing on the land and the built environment in cities. In 2018, he was commissioned by Museo Experimental El Eco to make a series of photographs that consider the volcanic-stone surfaces of buildings throughout Mexico City, from pre-Hispanic and colonial temples to modernist homes. His work has been exhibited internationally, collected in several monographs, and featured in numerous magazines, including Foam and Aperture.

Mayra Martell (b. 1979, lives and works in Mexico City and Ciudad Juárez) has worked extensively, first in Juárez, her hometown, and then across Latin America, on the stories of families whose daughters have been killed or disappeared. She has also documented the mothers of people murdered by the Colombian Army and the everyday nature of drug culture in Sinaloa. Her book Ciudad Juárez was the winner of 2nd prize at the 2011 Fotobookfestival Kasel in Germany.

Álvaro Enrigue(b. 1969, lives and works in New York) is a Mexican writer based in New York and a professor at Hofstra University. His work has appeared in theNew York Times, n+1, London Review of Books, and El País. His novel Sudden Deathwas published in English in 2017.

Aperture thanks Centro de la Imagen, FotoMéxico, Selina High Line, and the Mexican Ministry of Culture for supporting the launch of this issue in New York.Significant support for Aperture magazine is provided by The Kanakia Foundation. Further generous support is provided in partby The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Image caption: Iñaki Bonillas, Adiós fotografia (Bye bye photography), Mexico City (detail), 2018

Aperture Conversations: Mexico City
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