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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Javier Carmona

SPE Member since 2001
Member Chapter: Midwest

Mexican Cinema

MEXICAN CINEMA echoes an inability to perceive a national space as it is mediated by others. Contemporary border conflict provides a context as well as a mandate to engage in a competing fiction of these surroundings. Begun as a survey of location scouting for a potential film, the project has evolved to the filming of the narrative itself. Mexican locations situate the directed still photograph, not for the theatrical sake of putting on a show, but rather to contextualize the desire of making a scene, in public.

This series implies a dialogue with an American audience asking what it understands of a Mexican emotion, a Mexican space, a Mexican translation, while summoning cues from what it might know, primarily the Mexican melodrama.

Many of these pictures cast me in the role of actor, out of necessity at first, while acknowledging an autobiographic impulse to continue. In this sense, the work depicts the chronology of my own search for Mexican intimacy, hoping to understand the location through the surrogates that embody it.

Over the last five years, I began to rent furnished apartments in brief durations and was able to live a simulated domesticity. These unsustainable residencies augmented the conclusion that such a reality could only serve as a temporary fiction of a potential life; a poor man's cinema stemming from personal desire.

The Kalends of August (Yautepec Finale)

Condesa Nightmare, pt. I

Condesa Quotidien, pt. I

Condesa Quotidien, pt. II

Portal Cuauhtemoc

Afterplay Dialect, pt. I

The Enamorates, Yautepec Epilogue

Still from The Enamorates

Gardenia Flashback, pt. I

Gardenia Flashback, pt. II

Still from The Enamorates

Gardenia Flashback, pt. III

Volador / Violador

Portal Guanajuato

Reforma Rehearsal, pt. I

Gardenia Trailer / Morena

Portal Latino

Gardenia Trailer / Rubia

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