Luces y Sombras is a photographic exploration of Mexico’s modern history, beginning with works from the 1920s, just after the end of the Mexican Revolution. Many of the images included in the exhibit reflect cultural values that were celebrated in the decades following the Revolution as politicians and intellectuals worked together to re-imagine the nation. In the art world at that time, there was a rejection of European influences in favor of nationalist ideals and a broad-based exploration of Mexicanidad (the quality of being Mexican). This movement was accompanied by a new respect for Mexico’s indigenous roots and for the common man and woman.
In the years following the Revolution, Mexico became a magnet for American artists and photographers. Luces y Sombras includes works by both native and foreign born photographers, exploring Mexico through both lenses. Subjects range from urban life to rural landscapes to gender.
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