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#351837 - 09/18/09 08:34 AM México-Tenochtitlan
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The Embassy of Mexico has the honor to invite you to the opening ceremony of the artistic exhibition:

Photos by Francisco Mata

Thursday, 17 September 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Institute of Mexico
Newtown Barracks and Wilson Street
Belize City


Mexico City is destroyed daily. On its ruins rose another city that will be destroyed by human hands, time or earthquakes, so that on the rubble, new social relations and other architectural forms are built to represent it. It is a huge city where the Templo Mayor reborn from its grave and the wounded Cathedral does not collapse as yet.

This city awakens fascination and fear, love and hate: like the history of the ancient Gods, it is a continuing cycle of destruction and renaissance, a change of skins and shapes, sacrifice and starting over.

FRANCISCO MATA-ROSAS, committed to the work of capturing images, reveals through his photographs the living face of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, the city where he was born in 1958.

His photographic work has been published in some of the most important newspapers and magazines in USA, Spain, Canada, Italy, UK and Mexico. His photographs have been exhibited in Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, UK, USA, Japan, Argentina and Brazil, among others.

These images allow us to see the city in multiple manifestations such as the great staging of the popular myths that are testimony of living cultural manifestations which are pointing to the imaginary conception of the vanquished: those defeated by the Conquest, not freed by the Independence or redeemed by the Mexican Revolution.

There has been emphasis on the nature of the connection between fiesta and tragedy in Mexican culture as well as the overwhelming presence of death in the conception of life of the Mexicans, where the fiesta is ritual, bond, renovation and absolution; but also the sacrifice, carnival and non return visit to the land of the dead.

#351843 - 09/18/09 09:14 AM Re: México-Tenochtitlan [Re: Marty]
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Exhibit of renowned Mexican photographer opens

Most Belizeans have trekked across the border to neighboring Mexico. But a photographic exhibition opening at this time at the Mexican Institute shows exotic images of our neighbor that you may not have seen before. It is all captured through the lens of renowned photographer, Francisco Mata of Mexico City. Jose Sanchez had an early view of his works.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting
Mexico-Tenochtitlan is the new exhibit that is being launched tonight at the Mexican Cultural Institute. It showcases the black and white photographs of Francisco Mata.

Domingo Rodriguez, Director, Institute of Mexico
“Tenochtitlan is the old name of the Mexico City, the pre-Hispanic name of the city.”

Mata was born in 1958 in Mexico City. And according to Domingo Rodriguez, Director of the Institute of Mexico, his images have appeared in numerous publications and museums in the Americas and Europe.

Domingo Rodriguez
“He lived in Mexico and worked in the newspaper and this is part of a book. This exhibition was, before here, in Paraguay, El Salvador and now it’s in Belize. It's like a document for Mexico City.”

The powerful images are artistic snapshots of life in Mexico City. His camera has graced the top of the mountains of Mexico and has descended to life on the pavement. They also travel along the Spanish architecture and cultures of the past to the incongruous of an Aztec speaking through a megaphone.

Domingo Rodriguez
“Like this, it’s a custom of all Azteca to play a drum. You can see a dancer, you can see a play like that or a celebration with the piñata with the fireworks and every kind.”

Whether by a slow snap of a boy sporting devilish horns or the swift zoom on urban skull masks, traditions such as the day of the dead are rejuvenated through his lens. The importance of religion to the Mexican is hammered through several images, especially those of a man nailed to a cross.

Domingo Rodriguez
“I think the religion is very important in the life of Mexico in every time; in the pre-Hispanic time and now. But the religion in Mexico, it’s sometimes different or another part of work like the representation of Jesus Christ in this picture and every year in the holy wake it makes a big representation in a part of Mexico. You can see this situation everyday in lots of parts of the city. It’s a big city with twenty million people living there and you can see, for example, in the summer big swimming pool and a lot of people there. It’s crazy but it’s real.”

The lighting and depth of the images are crafted so well it would be easy to forget that they were all captured in the moment as life meant them to be. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words and if that is true, then Mata’s pictures have spoken for Mexico’s population. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.


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