Until May 6, 2019

Curated by Laura González Flores

Museo Amparo in collaboration with Centro de la Imagen presents Rodrigo Moya. MÉXICO, an exhibition that depicts Mexico as a complex and contradictory scenario composed of conflicting values and in overt tension: modernity and tradition, urban and rural, prosperity and precariousness, social and individual.

Mortgaged. The title of the impeccable aerial view of Tlatelolco shot by Rodrigo Moya summarizes the critical sense of his visual work produced for illustrated magazines between 1955 and 1968. A symptomatic example of Modern progress, the iconic brand-new housing unit that Moya portrayed in 1963 as a perfect model, became a double symbol in 1968: of the authoritarian nightmare of an institutionalized revolution that indebted the country, and of the utopian promise of a social revolution that would invariably remain pending.

Just as that powerful photograph of contradictory meaning, all of Moya’s work is dialectic: in the visible space of the image, he attempts to synthesize those opposing values, which, through permanent confrontation and clash, constitute the complex and hybrid essence of what Mexico is as a country.

Blunt and critical, but also sensitive and compassionate, the visual work contained in Rodrigo Moya. MÉXICO serves an extraordinary testimony of a country in times of change. This selection of 200-gelatin silver prints ―many of them vintage― depicts the clarity and the artistic excellence of a documentary project that intended to show the contradictions of a country whose “stabilizing development” was already showing its structural failures. In 1968, when Moya quit the press, the country’s different social and cultural fronts would claim for a politic and economic change as he had foreseen in his photography.

Museo Amparo

Museo Amparo is a private institution founded in memory of Amparo Rugarcía de Espinosa in 1991 by Manuel Espinosa Yglesias and his daughter Ángeles Espinosa Yglesias Rugarcía through Fundación Amparo with the commitment to preserve, research, display, and disclose Pre-Columbian, colonial, modern, and contemporary Mexican art. Currently, Museo Amparo displays its Pre-Columbian art collection, considered one of the most important in Mexico in a private institution. In addition to the collection of works of colonial, 19th and 20th century art, it has an ongoing program of Mexican and international temporary exhibitions as well as an intensive program of academic, artistic, educational, and ludic activities for all age groups.

Mortgaged, 1966
© Photographic file of Rodrigo Moya

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