A project initiated in 1997 with large-scale works resignifying family photographic archives on a collective memory that was interrupted after the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City. This series of oil paintings reflects upon, through a personal album, how a middle-class Mexican family was shaped in the seventies and eighties by viewing the records of their daily lives, leisure time, school, vacations, games, family gatherings, etc.
They provide at the same time an existential dimension that adds to, or distorts, the truthfulness of the photographs (which at the time were mostly Polaroid) giving way to the work of art, awarding its re-significance and dimension in a larger or different format, but always nearer to a realistic or expressionist painting than to photorealism. It was important for me to recover that disregarded past that socially affected thousands of families in Mexico City in the wake of the 1985 earthquake, and especially in Tlatelolco where I lived then.
Feliz Cumpleaños. oil on canvas
Niño holocausto o ese niño soy yo.
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