Sacred/Sagrado: Festivals of Mexico
Recent Exhibition at Pearl S. Buck International
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
2 January-27 May, 2018
The photographs in this exhibit are part of a project I began in 2011. Since then, I have been traveling to various communities in Mexico to witness and document traditions that are part of the fabric of Mexican culture.
The term “sacred” invokes two distinct definitions of the word: that which is holy, and that which is a cherished part of the life of a community. Though all the festivals I have photographed tie back in some way to the religious calendar (Mardi Gras, after all, is the day before Lent), only about half of them celebrate the deeply held beliefs of the Catholic faith. Other images portray a profound sense of tradition, identity, and community that is every bit as intensely felt.
I have a strong interest in what is meaningful to communities and cultures and how those values are expressed. I am intrigued equally by that which is universal—the powerful beauty of everyday moments of human connection—and by the unique expressions of a particular culture. In that sense, I hope that viewers will encounter—and bring curiosity to—both the familiar and the unfamiliar in this exhibition.
Though individual images have appeared in a number of exhibitions across the US, this is the first time they are appearing together in a solo exhibition.
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