These photos were taken by my grandfather in the late 70's in some of his "business" trips around the world.... Read More
These photos were taken by my grandfather in the late 70's in some of his "business" trips around the
world. I write business under quotation marks because those trips were about all but business. He would
tell my grandmother he needed to go away a few months for work but instead he would go to places like
Russia, Brazil, The United States, to mention a few, with friends and women.
After his death, these photos were put in boxes and stored in a basement, as my family barely knew the
people depicted on them. I came across the photos after heavy rains in Mexico City flooded the basement
where they were stored and I found my dad breaking and throwing albums and whole boxes away. Since
then I have been working on a series called "Secret Stories of a Wild MAn", trying to save at least a small part of the essence and stories
of all those people, most of them who very probably have passed away as well.
I have used paint, ink, the naturally occurring mold or fungi caused by the water and humidity to which
the photos were exposed, as well as damages caused by other factors to reshape the context of the
subjects into an interdimensional plane, redefining their existence in a contemporary world. As in some
prehispanic beliefs, fungi feeds from the dead, giving instead place for new light to be born.
Flowers in the Void is based on the ancient cosmovision of Mexican prehispanic cultures, where flowers
are a symbol of regeneration and rebirth, they represent the creation of a new soul from one that has
I like to believe that the flowers in these pieces are somehow doing the same with the people depicted in
these photos, bringing them back from the dark void of oblivion. Being born again, waking up to the light,
just like flowers bloom after the cold winter.
The following four photographs compose one single piece called “When the cempasúchil flower acquired
it’s colours”. The cempasúchil is a yellow, orange and red flower used from the time of the prehispanic
cultures of Mexico to our days as offerings to the deceased, adorning graves, altars and houses. It is
believed that the flower acquired it’s colours from the sun rays it holds inside, which will provide warmth
and light to the loved ones in the afterlife.