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Graciela Iturbide in "Investigation"Preview

In this preview from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 7 episode, Investigation, artist Graciela Iturbide describes her approach to photography, as illustrated by her series, Frida’s Bathroom (2005–06).

Shown from La Casa Azul at Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City in 2013, the artist recalls photographing artist Frida Kahlo’s bathroom after being granted permission by the director of Museo Frida Kahlo. “I am not a Frida maniac,” says the artist. “Despite her suffering, she painted. And this is what I admire.”

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Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide’s interest lies in what her eyes see and what her heart feels—what moves her and touches her. Although she has produced studies of landscapes and culture in India, Italy, and the Unites States, her principal concern has been the exploration and investigation of Mexico—her own cultural environment—through black-and-white photographs of landscapes and their inhabitants, abstract compositions, and self-portraits. Her images of Mexico’s indigenous people—the Zapotec, Mixtec, and Seri—are poignant studies of lives within the bounds of traditional ways of life, now confronted by the contemporary world.

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