Mexican Migrations focuses on artworks by Mexican artists in the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America, including recent acquisitions by Mexico’s foremost living photographer Graciela Iturbide (1942- ), as well as prints by significant artists such as Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) and José Luis Cuevas (1934- ).
Some of the works in the exhibition re-imagine Mexico’s indigenous and pre-Hispanic artistic traditions and worldviews, among them those of the Aztecs who originated one of the greatest migration myths of all time. Other artworks allude indirectly to internal migration within Mexico, of people and ideas, while others expose the constant exchange over time and between countries of art and literature.
The exhibition will also explore Colchester’s own Mexican migrations through the figure of Weetman Pearson (1856-1927), the first Viscount Cowdray and Liberal MP for Colchester from 1895 to 1910.
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