Ruiz-Healy Art is pleased to present Graciela Iturbide: A Lens to See, a solo exhibition of photography by Graciela Iturbide. This exhibition was organized with the support of the Wittliff Collections of Texas State University and takes place in conjunction with FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA International Photography Festival. The exhibition will open with an artist reception on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 6:30- 8:30pm.
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, many times, of 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 Señora de las Iguanas, Juchitán, Oaxaca, México / Our Lady of the Iguanas, Juchitán, Oaxaca, México 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 women 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.