David Schonauer

Honor Roll: Emerging Talent Jorge Panchoaga of Colombia

LensCulture   Wednesday December 28, 2016

LensCulture has revealed the winners of its 2016 Emerging Talent competition. The 50 photographers selected by the contest’s eight judges come from 29 countries on six continents and include Jorge Panchoaga  of Colombia for his portraits of the people of Nueva Veneciae, a village within the Magdalena River Estuary System that Panchoaga found in 2010 as part of a study of Colombia cultural heritage. “The 400 families who live in the stilted houses share a deep connection with the water that surrounds them, as they depend on it for survival and sustenance,” he writes. "Since the banana plantations in the 1900s, the water has become increasingly polluted and depleted by years of agricultural use."   Read the full Story >>

Everyday Latin America: Francisco Mata Rosas In Cuba

Everyday Latin America   Wednesday December 21, 2016

At the Everyday Latin America Instagram feed, Mexican photographer Francisco Mata Rosas  has been posting images of Cuba, including a beautiful portrait of a man named Alberto — “simply Alberto,” notes the photographer — who sells newspapers in the streets of old Havana. Alberto laments the death of Fidel Castro. As you see in the top items today, he was not alone in his grief. Francisco Mata Rosas is considered one of the most influential Mexican photographers of his generation, notes Time.   Read the full Story >>

Motion Art: A Portrait of Mexico's Third Sex

NOWNESS   Wednesday December 21, 2016

Los Angeles-based director Ivan Olita  traveled to the town of Juchitán in Oaxaca, Mexico, to explore the world of the muxes, who are considered the country's third gender — individuals who were assigned male at birth but live their lives as women. “[T]he muxes are absolutely part of the city’s cultural landscape. They are cherished by the people of the village and most families see having a muxe as a blessing,” says Olita at Nowness. His film is an atmospheric travelog of remarkable beauty.    Read the full Story >>

Exhibitions: A More Complicated History of Mexican Modern Art

Philadelphia Museum of Arts   Wednesday December 21, 2016

The common perception of Mexican modern art of the early 20th century is that it is predominately political, passionately nationalistic, and overtly masculine. But an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Arts upends those assumptions. The exhibition, “Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950,” is the first major attempt in the United States in seven decades to present a more comprehensive view of the complex art produced in Mexico during this period, notes Hyperallergic.   Read the full Story >>

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