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Que Chiquito es el Mundo [How Small the World Is]

1942
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: 2017.611.11

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. “Que chiquito es el mundo” is a common expression that is often paired in conversation with the well-known proverb “el mundo es un pañuelo” [“the world is a handkerchief ”]. Both mean that the world is a small place because you may travel far only to run into the same people you know at home. Álvarez Bravo plays with these ideas, linking a chance encounter on an empty street with the small square cloths blowing under a stormy sky.

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