(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

20 April 2012

THE OTHER SIDE by Monica Lozano: 3 Photographic Series Inspired by the Border Town of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

One of the strongest photography shows I've seen in quite some time, perhaps of all time. Lozano's deeply moving series Borders explore the notions of struggle, survival and departure. The portraits tell the stories of several individuals' courageous journeys from one place to another, or their attempt, to begin a new life. In Mr. Chair, Lozano photographs a 33 year old man who tried to cross the border at Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico to El Paso, Texas by transforming himself literally into a car seat. He was caught by the United States customs and deported back to Mexico, where he currently still lives. In Luggage the viewer finds a man stuffed into a suitcase: in his attempt to cross the Iron Curtain, a 42 year old German man hid inside a luggage piece that traveled in a train. Caught at a check point, he was sent back. Thirteen years later he crossed freely. In Cayuco, a lone man sits in a decrepit barc, looking back to what he left behind. The 27 year old man was the sole survivor of a dangerous journey, which included eleven other men, from Senegal, Africa to Canary Islands, Spain. Today he lives in Tenerife, Spain. Mr. Mattress , a Sub-Saharan man traveled hidden inside a mattress from Mali to Morroco. He crossed the border and is now trying to get to Europe, where his family lives.

Mr. Chair
[PRESS RELEASE]International Arts Movement is pleased to present The Other Side, a collection of 3 photographic series by Monica Lozano, curated by Sergio Arribas and Dhruv Malhotra. Lozano was raised in Ciudad Juarez Mexico which today is considered to be one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Her work is inspired by real stories of people's courage, determination and strength, particularly those who have lived through difficult experiences along borders throughout the world. Her work is a poignant meditation on the human condition in a difficult time and place. By focusing on the themes of survival, these stories become a vivid testament of courage. In the words of Lozano: “The last ten years I found myself exasperated by the continuous media reports about the violence in Juarez. In a desire to capture this other side I knew about my city, I found myself directing my photographic work to this matter. Eventually, I realized that I was also looking to find my own hope and understanding of the whole situation.”

About Monica Lozano
Following a BA in Visual Arts, Lozano received her Masters Degree in Photography in Madrid, Spain. During this time, she produced Borders, a series selected for various international photo competitions and grants including the Air Dolomiti (Lufthansa) prize at the ITS#EIGHT competition in Italy. She also completed the Photo Global residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York on a presidential scholarship. Lozano's elegant and socially charged portraits have been exhibited in Italy, Spain, Germany, Mexico and the United States. In 2011 she was featured under the One To Watch column in American Photo Magazine. Lozano is currently collaborating in a global action with 2011 TED Award winner JR and his Inside Out Project in Ciudad Juarez and Mexico City. International press has placed Lozano as one of Mexico's contemporary young photographers.

Artist website: Monica Lozano

Press Coverage of Inside Out Project in NYTIMES

Artist Talk. Wednesday April 25th. 6:30pm
International Arts Movement. Space 38/39
38 West 39th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018



Mr. Mattress

Miss Wheel


Inside Out Project

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