Mexico and El Norte

Now that I’m based in New York for awhile, this blog will shift more to observations of African and Latin people/doings/events/scenes in the United States, along still with thoughts on migration, travel, and the crossing and mixing of cultures.

The first of which is Mexico+Afuera (subtitled “Contemporary Mexican and Mexican-American Voices”), a current photo exhibit that takes a look at the work of three photographers — Chuy Benitez, Dulce Pinzon (whom I profiled here), and Monica Ruzansky — who are either Mexican or Mexican-American. The event’s description says:

“Each artist has a distinct approach: Pinzón, with her poignant portraits of Mexican immigrants in New York City who are heroically supporting families back home; Benitez, documenting decisive ‘minutes’ in his stitched, panoramic images of Mexican communities in Houston; and Ruzansky, capturing the rhythm of life after dark in Mexico City, illuminated only by car headlights. Whether addressing sociopolitical issues or inspired by memories of home, all three serve as conduits, connecting us to geographically disparate areas of North America with their work.”

Ruzansky’s collection is based on road trips she took through Mexico City at night.

The images are both startling and familiar, in a way, to most who have been to Mexico City.

Benitez’s amateur charros, or cowboys, in Houston are one of his most endearing photos.

Photos via Monica Ruzansky and Chuy Benitez

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