Press release | March 2017
Foam welcomes Hydra, a young photography platform based in Mexico City, for a collaborative presentation of young talent from Mexico in Foam 3h. Foam X Hydra present the work of two young talents in Mexican photography: Nelson Morales (1982) and Diego Moreno (1992).
Mexico’s complex history has created an equally complex society. Over time, it has absorbed various different cultures and traditions, combined strong Catholic values with beliefs from other religions, and mixed influences from foreign cultures with indigenous, pre-Hispanic customs. Through photography, both artists visualise and question notions of identity through personal and cultural explorations in their own local environment.
Diego Moreno - Guardians of Memory
Every 22nd September, monstrous creatures in bulbous dresses descend upon the streets of Diego Moreno’s hometown, San Cristóbal de las Casas. These people, dressed as panzudos mercedarios, celebrate the Catholic feast of Our Lady of Mercy. The panzudos represent sin - the more sins the person has to expiate, the bigger and uglier their costume. Moreno staged scenes of panzudos in domestic spaces, for a period of three years, in an attempt to rebuild the image of his late great aunt, Tía Cati, the black sheep of his family.
Diego Moreno (1992) studied photography at the Art Gymnasium Chiapas and graduated in Contemporary Photography. He has participated in several international group exhibitions.
He has won and has been nominated for numerous awards throughout 2015 and 2016. His work is part of various (private) collections.
Nelson Morales - Muxhes
In a corner of the Tehuantepec Isthmus in the south of Mexico, where Nelson Morales is from, live a people known as the ‘Muxe’ – a Zapotec word intended to describe a third gender. The Muxe are gay men who dress up as women, who are often attracted to heterosexual men and who adopt traditional female roles in family and society. Morales photographed them during a longer period of time. He slowly became part of his images, before accepting himself as a Muxe. Morales’ work addresses the cultural mixture of pre-Hispanic approaches to identity and sexuality that seem to take up new meanings in the globalizing society of Mexico.
Nelson Morales (1982) studied photography as well as receiving a workshop from the French photographer Antoine D’Agata. He was the winner of a photography competition organised by Canal 11. His work is part of various (private) collections.
Hydra organises a range of photography-related activities, from workshops on bookmaking to curating exhibitions, establishing a vibrant network of contemporary photographers in the process
Foam X Hydra is the first of three collaborations taking place in 2017, involving photography platforms in Mexico City (Mexico), Lagos (Nigeria) and Yogyakarta (Indonesia) that each operate in a specific local art scene. The initiative offers Foam the opportunity to present young talent from different cultural contexts and to research new developments in local photography discourses worldwide.
This exhibition is made possible with support of the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and the Van Bijlevelt Foundation.
Foam X Hydra – Diego Moreno and Nelson Morales can be seen from 17 March until 14 May at Foam 3H
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