April 2 - May 23, 2015
Opening Reception: April 2, 2015, 6 - 8 PM

Many Stories to Tell in Contemporary Mexican Photography, KQED Arts, April 13, 2015

SF Camerawork and Galería de la Raza are pleased to present Existe lo que tiene nombre: Contemporary Photography in Mexico. Organized by San Francisco-based curator Sergio De La Torre and Tijuana-based curator Javier Ramírez Limón, the exhibition will be on view at SF Camerawork from April 2 through May 23, 2015. A 200-page catalog will accompany the exhibition. Comprised of over 50 photographic and video works produced within the past decade, this is the US debut for many of the exhibiting artists.

The title of the exhibition, Existe lo que tiene nombre, comes from a conversation with the artist Jazzibe Santos, whose photographic project documents her grandmother's household of labeled objects. Ranging from humorous to disturbing, personal to ambiguous, Santos' photographs, along with those of the 22 artists featured in this exhibition, are indicative of the current state of contemporary photographic practices in Mexico.

De La Torre and Limón propose that, since the establishment of the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City in 1996, photography in Mexico has undergone radical changes. Along with the conceptual expansion of photography spurred by the Centro, a combination of globalization, the advent of the Internet, and the subsequent accessibility of information, have led to a loss of specificity that characterized Mexican photography in historical terms. New concerns have risen, and photographic practices have specifically moved from an anthropological approach to a preoccupation with representation and its cultural resonances.

Existe lo que tiene nombre , installation view. Image courtesy of Benjamin Hoffman.

Existe lo que tiene nombre, installation view. Image courtesy of Benjamin Hoffman.

Adela Goldbard, Aglea Cortés, Alejandra Laviada, Alejandro Cartagena, Alfredo Káram, Bruno Ruiz, Carlos Iván Hernández, Colectivo Estética Unisex, Daniela Edburg, David Vera, Fernando Brito, Iván Manríquez, Jazzibe Santos, Jimena Camou, Juan Carlos Coppel, Livia Corona, Mariela Sancari, Mauricio Alejo, Melba Arellano, Oswaldo Ruiz, Pablo López Luz, Roberto Molina Tondopó, and Yvonne Venegas

Sergio De La Torre is a San Francisco-based curator, photographer, and Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture at the University of San Francisco. Javier Ramírez Limón is a photographer, educator, writer, and documentarian based in Tijuana, Mexico.

This exhibition is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.