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La Visita [The Visit]

1935
20.3 x 25.4 cm (8 x 10 in.)

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexico City, 1902 - 2002, Mexico City) Primary

Object Type: photograph
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Mexican
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Burt Wolf on behalf of Ian H. Zwicker of NYC; Gift from The Contemporary Austin to the Blanton Museum of Art, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.611.7

Manuel Álvarez Bravo studied briefly with Italian-born, Mexico-based photographer Tina Modotti. When she was deported from Mexico in 1930 for political reasons he purchased her cameras and took up her practice of capturing everyday images in the streets of Mexico City. “La Visita” shows Álvarez Bravo’s interest in uncanny imagery often characterized as surrealist. These life-size figures of saints were designed as articulated sculptures to be dressed up and paraded through the streets during religious festivals. The photographer plays with their realistic qualities, such as scale and pose, to present the saints as if in the middle of a conversation.

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