Mariana Yampolsky: Image – Memory

17 Apr 2002 - 13 Jun 2002

These photographs represent half a century of Mariana Yampolsky's creative activity. Since moving from the United States to Mexico in the 1940s, she has become one of Mexico's most respected photographers. Born in 1925, she travelled to Mexico City when she was 18, where she became involved with the printmaking workshop, Taller de Gráfica Popular (workshop of popular graphic arts), embracing its revolutionary idealism and innovative approach to art making. She remained with the workshop until 1959 and made a significant contribution to its activities as an artist and curator before adopting photography as her chosen medium of expression. Yampolsky's tender, emotionally intense views of Mexico call forth the richness of the country's people and culture. Her photographic studies encompass architecture and landscape, work and celebration, creation and delirium, and emotion and death, as well as colour as a subject in itself. Today she is as active as ever, making photographs of urban graffiti and other popular images that consider the fetish of advertising and consumption. Her work could be summarized as anthropological in nature: as representing an anthropology of feelings and of memories, whose main concern is to reorganize the experience of the past and bring it forth for future use.