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In this editorial column, Carlos Cortez comments on the exhibition of Agustín V. Casasola’s photographs, Mexposición II: Images of the Revolución, noting that all of the heroes of the Mexican Revolution, as well as many average participants and members of Mexican society, were captured by Casasola’s box camera. He sketches the exhibition as equally successful in captivating Latinos and non-Latinos alike, young and old, as well as a number of veterans of the revolution. He contends that the photographs prove that revolution is not an abstract topic for intellectual debate but the struggle of a striving people; and that the exhibition serves to remind that art is not a subject for intellectuals alone to define, but that it provokes appreciation and conversation among people in general.
This editorial statement by the Chicago-based artist and activist Carlos Cortez appeared in the summer 1979 issue of Abrazo [Hug], a magazine published by Movimiento Artístico Chicano (MARCH) beginning in fall of 1976–1979. This text comments on viewers’ responses to an exhibition of Agustín V. Casasola’s photographs, Mexposición II: Images of the Revolución, which was organized by MARCH at the University of Illinois at Chicago in November 1976.