The Galerie Sophie Scheidecker presents a monographic exhibition by Mexican photographer Flor Garduño with a selection of works produced over the past three decades.
Born in Mexico City in 1957, Flor Garduño studied photography with Kati Horna, whose spirit and work, borrowing from freedom of expression and surrealism, influenced the young artist. From 1979 she became assistant to Manuel Álvarez Bravo who taught her the traditional printing techniques that she continues to use to this day. He transmitted to her a sense of thoroughness and the love of a job well done.
In the 1980s, Flor Garduño worked as an illustrator for Mexican public education. During this period, she traveled to rural areas of Mexico to document the life and rituals of local people. This experience allowed the photographer to develop a style of her own, linked to the diversity and richness of indigenous Mexican culture.
Flor Garduño’s black and white photography focuses on the bestiary, nature and the female nude. The artist makes her own prints; her intense blacks and brilliant whites sublimate her still life and her characters in an almost pictorial rendering.
Her thoughtfully composed photographs inevitably touch the viewer with their realism and aestheticism. Time seems to stand still in the scenes of life she captures. By incorporating plant, animal and mineral elements into her portraits, nudes and architecture, she eliminates the separation between worlds and creates unusual universes.
Flor Garduño is considered one of the foremost contemporary Mexican photographers and her work is featured in numerous institutional collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Moma in New York and the Swiss Foundation of Photography in Zurich.
The selection of photographs exhibited at the Sophie Scheidecker Gallery shows the richness of the artist’s work.
From October 22 to November 30, 2021
Galerie Sophie Scheidecker