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Beyond Here features 34 works from a promised gift of 76 by photographers from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela, as well as expats and visitors from abroad. The images span 20th-century photographic traditions in social documentation, studio photography, photojournalism, modernism, and more contemporary experimentations with process and narrative structure.

Some of the photographs also serve as historical documents and cultural records, such as Hugo Brehme’s portrait of the Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata, his brother Eufemio, and their wives, Josefa Espejo Sánchez (also called “La Generala”) and Matilde Vázquez Vázquez; Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s photograph of a mill laborer on strike who was assassinated; and Cristina Kahlo’s photographs of Puebla’s Carnaval de Huejotzingo, a festival that fuses Indigenous and colonial cultural traditions.

Others incorporate surrealism and modernist aesthetics or take a more interpretive approach, such as Sin título, Los desaparecidos (Untitled, The Disappeared;1998) by Milagros de la Torre, which, via its depiction of tattered clothes on the ground, refers to those who have been secretly arrested or abducted, often for political reasons, and presumably tortured and murdered.

The 34 works on display are part of a promised gift of 76 photographs from the Judy and Sidney Zuber Collection of Latin American photography that will dramatically expand the Cantor’s regional representation and scholarship and will form the foundation of a growing collection of Latin American photography. It features more than three dozen influential photographers from more than 10 countries, working across a range of photographic traditions. The gift is accompanied by the establishment of the Zuber Family Art Fund for collecting Latin American photographs at the Cantor, which will catalyze future research, exhibitions, and publications at Stanford.

Veronica Roberts, the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor, notes that the generous Zuber gift not only builds on the strength of the Cantor’s existing photography collection but allows the museum to develop a particular strength in works from Latin America. “The acquisition of these photographs furthers Cantor’s mission to diversify its collection by broadening its scope in terms of both region and material, and the exhibition expands our visitors’ familiarity with the richness of historic and contemporary photographic traditions in South and Central America,” she said.

Source : Standford Repost