Scholarly Horizons: University of Minnesota, Morris Undergraduate Journal


This paper analyzes some of the works of contemporary Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide (born 1942). In this paper, I argue that Iturbide’s work speaks to how the Mexican population and culture transcended the history of colonization, particularly works like Virgen de Guadalupe Chalma, México (Our Lady of Guadalupe, Chalma, Mexico) (2007) and Primera Comunión, Chalma, Estado de México (First Communion, Chalma, State of Mexico) (1984). In addition, I discuss how her works speak to me personally as a Latin American native and also how they tell us about her own personal traumas. Before discussing these issues by means of several examples of Iturbide's works, I shed some light on the history of photography in Latin America and on some of Iturbide’s artistic influences.

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