Graciela Iturbide: A Lens to See
As part of FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA
September 8 – October 22, 2016
Graciela Iturbide is one of the most acclaimed photographers of our time. After formally studying filmmaking at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma in México, and working as an assistant to Manuel Alvarez-Bravo in the 70s, she has gone on to have a prolific and international career in photography. She is the recipient of many honors, most notably the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2008.
Undoubtedly some of Iturbide’s most iconic images capture the power and dignity of women and of many times marginalized women. For example, Mujer ángel, Desierto de Sonora/ Angel Woman in the Desert of Sonora portrays a woman with flowing locks of indigenous hair making her way through an isolated landscape which contrasts with the modernity of the boom box she carries. Nuestra Senora de las Iguanas, Juchitán, Oaxaca, México/ Our Lady of the Iguanas, Juchitán features an august Zapotec persona balancing four iguanas on her head with a gaze of reverence. In both of these images, as in the case of much of Iturbide’s work, she is capturing the female form in a new role; Iturbide’s woman are not objectified, sexualized, or trivialized rather they are glorified, dignified, and they are seen. She hones focus onto, in many ways, the invisible females of society. This concept is the framework for Graciela Iturbide: A Lens to See.