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The Face, The Heart I

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  • "In ixtli, in yollotl" (2011)
  • Exhibition at "Museo Regional de la Laguna" (Regional Museum of la Laguna) in Torreon, Mexico in 2011 & "Ex Convento del Carmen" (Carmen Ex Convent) in Guadalajara, México in 2012.
     
    "Identifying in the otherness is an exercise recently found in Occident. Rafael Blando’s work operates as a permanent and unfinished register of the different social, economic and cultural versions that have been adopted by the actual human being around the world.

    These images have been mainly elaborated in big urbanities and touristic places, proposing to see farther away from the masks and the costumes of the subjects.Such in those cities and touristic places, it tends in one place, to exoticise the endemic and on the other hand, to homogenize the recreation with the intention to seduce the traveler. This practice, highly rooted, designs specific roles for the locals and the traveler thus making difficult a sincere and real interaction between the individuals; creating random and apathetic encounters.

    Images shown here are and attempt to recover that honesty and substance defining the individual above the different socio-cultural veils; they are an open window that, if we allow, will take us to remember, question and recognize, in the shapes of the others, who we are by looking sincerely deep in the photographs."

    Alfrezo Esparza, April 2011.
  • Series constituted by 40 piezographies, variables sizes between 110x74 and 51x41 cms.
    Limited edition prints available for sale.
  • (MDF01) Aztec
  • (MDF03) Nezahualcoyotl
  • (TAJ03) Two Papantla flyers
  • (TUL02) Ehecatl
  • (MDF02) Roses and thorns
  • (VER01) Untitled
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    “A heart as strong as the stone,
    Resistant as the trunk of a tree;
     A wise face.
     Be the owner of a face and a heart.”
    (Mexican verses)
     
  • (NYC01) Woman Sikh of America
  • (NYC03) Woman Sikh
  • (PVA02) Mother & daughter
  • (MNH01) District Chief
  • (CUR02) Le Funk II
  • (MBY01) Rastaman (Richard)
  • (TRC01) Esperanza (hope)
  • (SJU03) The old Don Juan
  • (SCC05) A sunday morning in San Cristobal
  • (TRC03) I'm so cute I must be Irish
  • "Even jade breaks,
    even gold cracks,
    even quetzal (bird) plumage tears...
    ¡We shall not live in this Earth forever:
    just a brief moment here shall we last!"
    (Mexican verses)
  • (MAD02) Saharahui I
  • (VEN10) Besame mucho
  • (ROM01) Naturaleza muerta
  • (LON06) They hung her bloody head in that tower
  • (LON07) The catwoman of Portobello
  • (ITZ02) Polish gipsy
  • (BER12) The muse of liberty
  • (BER13) The muse of joy
  • (PAN04) Ice cream seller
  • (ZAC02) Candy seller
  • (SJO01) Lotto seller
  • (TLQ01) The lucky bird
  • (ZAC01) Wixarica Violinist (Ermenegildo)
  • © Rafael Blando Torres

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