Graciela Iturbide (Mexico, born in 1942)
Manos Poderosas, 1987
Gelatin silver print. Signed vintage print. 20.2 x 30.7 cm
Born in 1942 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Graciela Iturbide is recognized as one of Mexico’s foremost living artists. She studied cinematography, with a focus on screenwriting, and then specialized in photography at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. There, her teacher was Manuel Álvarez Bravo, who would later invite her to work as his assistant. In 2008, she received the Hasselblad Award. Recent solo exhibitions include The Goat’s Dance at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (2008) and retrospectives of her work at the Fundación Mapfre (2009) and Tate Modern (2013).
“Interestingly, [Iturbide] has consistently rejected the devices and rhetoric of manipulated or stage photography. When, occasionally, she induces her sitters to consciously perform before the camera, it is to create allegorical situations whose seductiveness comes in great part from their candid acknowledgment of the deceit.”—Cuauhtémoc Medina, in Graciela Iturbide (2001)