Graciela Iturbide was born in Mexico City in 1942, lives and works in Mexico City. She enrolled at the film school Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in1969 to become a film director. However, she was soon drawn to the art of still photography aspracticed by the Mexican modernist master Manuel Alvarez Bravo, who was teaching at the university.From 1970-71, she worked as Alvarez Bravo’s assistant, accompanying him on his variousphotographic journeys throughout Mexico. In the early half of the 1970s, Iturbide traveled widely acrossLatin America, in particular to Cuba, and several trips to Panama. In the mid-70s, Iturbide began toreveal a clear preference for the theatrical atmosphere of popular Mexican Festivals, where Catholicrites blend with indigenous tradition in a great carnivalesque celebration. Through these works, Iturbideemphasises the irony of Mexican imagery which represents death and accentuates the surrealisticcharacter of these social rites. Iturbide’s major solo exhibitions include Graciela IturbideRetrospective, Tate Modern (2013); Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City (2012); Barbican Art Gallery,London (2012); Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (2011); MAPFRE Foundation, Madrid (2009);Fotomuseum Winterthur (2009); Americas Society, New York (2008); J. Paul Getty Museum, LosAngeles (2007); Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro (1993); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art(1990); Centre Pompidou, Paris (1982). Major awards include the Cornell Capa Lifetime AchievementAward (2015); the Lucie Award (2010); National Prize of Sciences and Arts, Mexico City (2009);Hasselblad Foundation Photography Award (2008); Legacy Award (2007); Hugo Erfurth Award (1989);a Guggenheim Fellowship (1988); the Eugene Smith Memorial Foundation Award (1987).
Four years ago, at the age of seventy-three, the Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide travelled across her country with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Their journey began in the
Legendary Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide has a retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston this spring, but you don’t need to trek across the country to sample her arresting imagery. Works
In_Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico_—a magnificent exhibition of approximately 125 gelatin silver prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—five decades of an extraordinary visual intelligence are on displa
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