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Mexican photographer in Cuba reflects on the intentions of objects

Source Radio Enciclopedia 06.10.2016

Mexican photographer in Cuba reflects on the intentions of objects

The experienced Mexican photographer and master Francisco Mata Rosas returns to Havana with an exhibition, which is the result of the cooperation between the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico and the Havana Historian Officer.

The exhibition was a set of actions carried out by the Embassy of Mexico to Cuba as part of the conference for the commemoration of Mexican Independence Day – an event that was held from September 16 with the Grito de Dolores until September 27, with the entrance of Trigarante Army to Mexico City.

Those who love documentary and anthropological images have be delighted with the work of this master with the exhibition "La intención del objeto", which iwas shown at the Casa Osvaldo Guayasamín, and integrates photographic pieces from previous and ongoing series such as "Instalaciones involuntarias", "¿Y ahora qué?" and "México-Tenochtitlan."

"The idea is to draw photographs of series where a narrative sense does exist, explained to reporters artist Francisco Mata Rosas. And integrate them into this new curatorial work in a somewhat random, no narrative way, because what interested me most is to experience the idea of collecting photographs from other contexts, other projects and to bring them together here so that they will dialogue amongst them.”

The exhibition included twenty photos whose names only respond to the city where they come from: Ciudad Juárez, Tijuana, California, Ciudad México City and Havana.

The images show bottles inserted in vertical steel bars, a plastic bust, masks or a few pieces on graves, even cars and shopping carts with lettuce leaves. All these objects and utensils need to be represented in its relationship with the subject, which sometimes accompanies it; they are images in which objects take a leading role and are the backbone of photography.

Francisco Mata Rosas (Ciudad de México, 1958) is a renowned Mexican photographer, who is considered to be one of the most famous exponents of contemporary photography.

He studied Communication Sciences at the Autonomous Metropolitan University-Xochimilco from 1979 to 1983, and the Masters in Visual Arts at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

He worked as a photojournalist in the La Jornada newspaper of Mexico, 1986-1992. His photographic work has been published in several major newspapers and magazines in the United States, Spain, Canada, Italy, France, England and Mexico. His photographs have been exhibited in Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, England, the United States, Scotland, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Uruguay, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, Cuba and Costa Rica, just to mention a few.

Mata Rosas has taught several workshops and given more than 100 lectures on the subject of photography, new technologies, multimedia, etc. at major festivals, museums and academic institutions in the United States, Mexico, England, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, amongst other nations.

Written by Miguel Darío García Porto 

Translated by  Luis E. Amador Dominguez 

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