Throughout the years, I’ve often discovered existing parallels between traditional festivals and daily life in
In these neighborhoods, in these festivities, in these streets, I often ran into what I had already seen; and within the visual disorder and chaos I recognized pre-hispanic, colonial, and contemporary art, one only has to separate them. I almost always felt limited by the medium that I had chosen, photography, but on the other hand I recognized its qualities of synthesis, dramatization and, above all, metaphor.
Additionally, I understood that the city is too vast to be contained or photographed in its totality. When this certainty became part of my work, my angst and aspirations diminished, I no longer wanted to document extensively the traditions, I was no longer concerned with offering a definitive testament about Mexico City at the very end of the 20th Century, and I only wanted to be there, be part of the cycles, to confirm my pleasure in chaos and order that are created during the festival days, of the truces agreed on between tough neighborhoods and, above all, I only wanted to do my job well, take photographs for me, for my wife, my family and my friends
All text and photos © 2008 Francisco Mata Rosas.
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Recently, as an invited guest, Francisco’s outstanding work done in
31 May 2008