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"Two Eyes on Mexico"

Josephine Sacabo and Mariana Yampolsky

Photographs from the Witliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography, Texas State University-San Marcos.

Mazahua Women
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Josephine Sacabo is a native of Laredo, Texas, and now lives and works mostly in New Orleans.  She was educated at Bard College, New York and has worked extensively in France and England. Her earlier work was in the photo-journalistic tradition, influenced by Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The series in this exhibition, The Unreachable World of Susana San Juan is in a very subjective, introspective style, drawing its inspiration from Juan Rulfo’s novel PEDRO PÁRAMO, a haunting tale of the lingering memories and ghosts of an abandoned rural town in Mexico.

Mariana Yampolsky was born near Chicago in 1925 and attended the University of Chicago in 1948.  She first went to Mexico in 1944, and moved there a few years later working as a printer and engraver with the Popular Graphics Arts Workshop and later as a photographer with the Ministry of Education, publishing a children's magazine series. A citizen of Mexico, she lived and worked there for the majority of her life. She died in May 2002 after a brief illness.  The series exhibited here, On the Edge of Time, celebrating the lives of the gente—the common people of Mexico, hovers between the documentary and the lyrical. 

This exhibition will be featured in De Pree Gallery from September 24 until October 22, 2004.

For more information, please contact the De Pree Gallery Office at (616) 395-7500. Regular Gallery hours are: Sunday & Monday 1:00 -5:00 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Thursdays 10:00 am – 9:00 pm. The De Pree Art Center and Gallery is located at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. The gallery is handicapped accessible. Admission is free.