Grafika la Estampa‘s selection
. Gustavo F. Silva
We first thought of a piece in a collection of hand-painted proofs from the 1960s that we’re exhibiting at Paris Photo this year. It’s a portrait of Carmén Mondragón, known as Nahui Olin, one of the iconic figures of the Mexican avant-garde movement and a muse to artists like Diego River, Dr. Atl and Edward Weston. The portrait exudes a sense of fragility and tenderness. She’s no femme fatale, the way portraits of muses often present their subjects. This portrait, like all of the photographs in the same collection, are unique, being painted by hand.
This year, we have several proofs by two photographers, Paulina Lavista and Lázaro Blanco, artists who photographed Mexico in the 1970s and ‘80s.
Grafika la Estampa
Paris Photo 2013