PRESS RELEASES   ·  September 28, 2017


As part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), presents Point/Counterpoint. On view November 4, 2017 through February 11, 2018 the exhibition features work from nineteen contemporary Mexican photographers whose images explore the political, economic, and social changes of a country that is tied to the past, yet seeking a new future.

At a time when there is considerable interest in issues surrounding the political, economic, and social boundaries between Mexico and the United States, Point/Counterpoint presents nineteen Mexican photographers whose works reflect cultural transformations that are currently underway in their country. These artists explore the intersection between perceived “traditional” Mexican culture and the actuality of contemporary life in Mexico.

The artists expand upon the history of photography in Mexico using a variety of innovative techniques including installation, video, appropriation, and working on the surface of the print. The works presented here challenge one’s understanding of Mexican photography by exploring themes of abstraction, landscape, religion, gender, pain, or fractures in society. In a global environment, it is imperative that we communicate and understand one another beyond borders—physical, cultural, artistic or linguistic—and these works provide an opportunity for conversation.

Quote From Deborah Klochko, Executive Director & Chief Curator

“In a time of conflict, fear of others, and a lack of compassion, MOPA’s Point/Counterpoint exhibition highlights the power of art to open communication. This is truly a bi-national project that looks at contemporary Mexican photography through the prism of multi-cultural interpretation.

Understanding comes through tearing down borders and working towards a dialog, forging a connection through photography.”

Associated Events
Coinciding with Point/Counterpoint, MOPA will host a series of community conversations bringing together a unique group of expert voices to speak to themes found in the exhibition. The conversations will cover a range of themes, including cultural identity, appropriation, abstraction, and the body.

November 16, 6:30 PM
Politics + Examining the Border
December 14, 6:30 PM
Abstraction + Appropriation + State of Contemporary Photography
January 18, 6:30 PM
Otherness + Cultural Identity + The Body

Selected Artists:

Guillermo Arias
Iñaki Bonillas
Andrés Carretero
Ana Casas Broda
José Luís Cuevas
Alex Dorfsman
Federico Gama
Maya Goded
Juan José Herrera
Dr. Lakra
Pablo López Luz
Daniela Edburg
Alejandra Laviada
Teresa Margolles
Patricia Martín
Fernando Montiel Klint
Daniela Rossell
Gerardo Suter
Yvonne Venegas

Exhibition Curators:

Deborah Klochko
Gerardo Montiel Klint
Mauricio Ortiz
Alejandro Castellanos
Joaquin Ortiz

Part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Initiative

As part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: L.A./ L.A. initiative, a massive regional effort born in Los Angeles, several San Diego institutions will host exciting exhibitions and collaborations this fall. These thematically linked exhibitions will present a wide range of important artworks, much of them new to Southern California audiences. Exhibitions will focus on Latin American and Latino art, and the influence of Latino culture across Southern California.

Participating San Diego organizations include the Mingei International Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA), and the University of San Diego (USD).

The initiative follows its successful predecessor, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. Launched in 2011, the landmark regional collaboration supported more than 60 organizations presenting exhibitions designed to collectively tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a force in the art world. In this iteration of Pacific Standard Time, the number of San Diego museums included has more than doubled, speaking to our city’s rich cultural assets and the importance of Latin American and Latino culture in the region.

About the Museum of Photographic Arts

Located in beautiful Balboa Park, the Museum of Photographic Arts is a vibrant center for visual learning. Since its founding in 1983, the museum’s endeavors consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through its exhibitions and educational programs. MOPA is one of three independent photography museums in the United States and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. As a 501(c)(3) organization, MOPA is generously supported by members, individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies.

The mission of the Museum of Photographic Arts is to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film and video.


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