At the Navel of the Moon / En el Ombligo de la Luna
Samson Aguirre, Enrique Alfonso
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta)
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Photography
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Photography
Bibliography: pages 22-23.
"This thesis and photographic series explore the interaction between the concepts of mexicanismo ('Mexicanism') and mexicanidad ('Mexicanity'). The work appropriates Modernist aesthetics, mainly from cinematography, and brings them into a contemporary context, as perceived by a currently expatriated Mexican, Generation-X photographer at the beginning of the 21st Century. Mexicanidad is defined as the common set of values and characteristics that identify and unite all Mexican nationals. These traits transcend individual personal circumstances that would otherwise differentiate them—such as social class, time period or region of origin. Mexicanismo is the philosophical manifestation of national pride that emerged during the introspective Zeitgeist of national sovereignty and relative peace that came after the Mexican Revolution, circa 1920. The work from this period is defined by art critics and academics as the 'Mexican Renaissance.' At the Navel of the Moon is an ongoing project and its duration is indefinite: It is a personal connection for the author to his motherland."
Keywords: mexicanismo, mexicanidad, Mexicanism, Mexicanity, Mexico, Mexican modernism, black and white photography, film photography, analog photography, hybrid process, alternative process, Generation X, Gabriel Figueroa
CHAIR: Turk, V. Elizabeth
O'Brien, Michael James
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