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  • ICAA Record ID
    794700
    TITLE
    Fotografías de Amero / L. Cardoza y Aragón
    DESCRIPTION
    7 p.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Catalogs
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Cardoza y Aragón, Luis. "Fotografías de Amero." In Catálogo de la exposición: Amero 25 nuevas fotografías. Exh. cat., Mexico City, 1932.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    Mexican; photograms; photography
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

The Guatemalan writer established in Mexico, Luis Cardoza y Aragón, focuses Emilio Amero’s work from a lyrical perspective. In fact, Amero weaves the “snapshot of the word” (poetry), with the photogram (a short space of light and emotion). To Cardoza, Amero’s photographs open windows and stimulate memory and imagination, stirring up far-flung fantasies. Amero knows that poetry is all around us, so that his snapshots make use of everyday objects, caught in an instant. The values of the objects undergo changes, both familiar and remote, until they are all mixed together in a jumble.

Annotations

This exhibition brought together Carlos Mérida (1891-1984), an artist/critic and a man of letters, and Luis Cardoza y Aragón (1901-1992), both Guatemalan born and well recognized in the Mexican cultural milieu of the time. The fact that both were involved shows the significance both men attributed to the work of Emilio Amero (1901-1976). Cafés and bookstores were common spaces in which to show avant-garde artwork; in this case, the Librería Posada [Posada Bookstore] was the site of the exhibition. Amero was among the devoted creators of photograms, an old technique rediscovered by the Hungarian László Moholy-Nagy on his own around 1920 in Europe and later disseminated through his courses at the Bauhaus.

The Mexican photographer not only was associated with this photographic technique but, venturing into another field, became entangled in making experimental film shorts with a primary focus on everyday objects in a high-contrast style.

Researcher
Francisco Reyes Palma : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
Courtesy of Fondo Patrimonial En Beneficio De El Colegio de México, A.C., Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Donación Alma Mérida : Museo Nacional de Arte