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  • Mexican Cultural Institute DC

    A Mexican Portrait, by Martha Gabriela Driessen

    23 Oct 2020 – 13 Feb 2021

    Note: Kindly use Chrome or Firefox to enhance your virtual experience! Women carrying flowers, men and musical instruments, children playing in cemeteries, shoe shiners, hat sellers, traditional dresses and happenstance from everyday life. This is Martha Driessen’s “Mexican Portrait”. The exhibition is a collection of carefully crafted black and white images from Driessen’s most recent work in Mexico. In the style of street photography, the exhibition explores the identity of Mexican people through candid moments of their everyday life. From a scene in a small town in Oaxaca to a detail of the streets in Mexico City, an intimate fleeting moment or an exhilarating gesture; the photographs highlight serendipity and idiosyncrasies that are familiar but not obvious. Driessen’s photographs evoke empathy and warmth in the Mexican culture, often revealing the complicity between the photographer and her subjects. The work does not describe a place or explain a culture, rather, it provides a space for the ordinary and the conventional as it is precisely those moments that, collectively, make life extraordinary. All images are archival pigment prints printed by the artist. *** Martha Gabriela Driessen was born and raised in Mexico City and has lived in the United States half of her life. Bilingual and bicultural, Driessen has maintained deep roots in her native Mexico and strong ties with her people. In her recent work, she explores the identity and idiosyncrasies of her fellow Mexicans on both sides of the border. Driessen photographs candid moments of everyday life on the streets around the world, often under the mentorship of Magnum photographer, Nikos Economopoulos. At home, she shares a studio with Minneapolis photographer Tom Arndt, a strong influence in her work. Driessen has participated in juried shows and solo exhibitions most recently in Singapore and South Africa. Her work is in private collections as well as in the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, UNISA Gallery at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, and the Minnesota History Center. Statement: “Defined by the marriage of two cultures, my work is inspired by my Mexican essence, my American reality and the simplicity of life. My work is a collection of images in which perfection can be found in imperfection; where the nuances come forward to highlight the beauty of everyday life.” – Martha Gabriela Driessen Presented by the Embassy of Mexico in the United States and the Mexican Cultural Institute DC

    latest works

    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Woman with Flowers at Cemetery, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Woman in a Field of Flowers, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Two Women and Corn Husks, 2017
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Two Catrinas Oaxaqueñas, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Young Girl and Ice Cream Cart, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Boy with Hat and Small Marmota, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Man with Tuba and Two little Girls, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Astrid, China Oaxaqueña, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Man with Bundle of Flowers, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Young Woman with Basket at Comparsa, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Young Women Preparing for a Calenda, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Men in White at a Comparsa, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Young Boy with Glasses and Large Marmota, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Musicians and Boy with Marmota, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Wall Detail, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Tomb, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Two Boys at Cemetery, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Girl Squatting at Cemetery, 2017
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Portrait of Man with Tuba, 2019
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
    • Martha Gabriela Driessen

      Chairs, 2016
      39 x 57 inch (h x w)
      archival pigment print
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