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Flor Garduño

 

Flor Garduño was born in Mexico City in 1957 and raised on a farm in rural Mexico. From 1976 to 1978, she received her formal arts education at the Antigua Academia de San Carlos (UNAM) under the tutelage of the Hungarian photographer Kati Horna. However, in 1979, her studies were foreshortened upon her acceptance of an offer to work as the darkroom assistant to Manuel Alvarez Bravo, regarded as perhaps the greatest Mexican photographers of his era.

After having refined her photographic technique under Alvarez Bravo's guidance, Garduño began working for the Secretariat of Education for Indigenous Communities under the direction of the photographer Mariana Yampolsky, visiting remote rural areas in order to find appropriate subjects for reading primers. This experience gave Garduno the opportunity to explore her country and the lives of its indigenous peoples - subjects that have informed the majority of her subsequent work. In 1982, her first solo exhibition was held at Galeria José Clemente Orozco in Mexico City. In 1985, a compendium of six years of her work 'Magia del Juego Eterno' was published, and, in 1987, another book entitled "Bestiarium" was released. By this time, she had gained international recognition as one of the world's preeminent photographers.

Garduño explores nature, dreams, and the female form, celebrating her subjects with a seamless blending of light and shadow. Garduño's works deal primarily with the female body, Latin-American themes and mythology, as well as the sensuousness of the body and organic items such as flowers and pomegranates. Sometimes using her young daughter Azul as a model, Garduño states that her most recent photographs reflect her personal, interior landscape. With a surrealist, dreamlike slant, her works recall ancient rituals and the power of the feminine.

A recipient of numerous awards for photography, her works have been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions internationally and are held in such prominent collections as those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris. Flor Garduño currently divides her time between Mexico and Switzerland.