Weaving traditions into new ways of life in Mexico and the USA
A solo exhibition by Martha Gabriela Driessen
Presented by The Embassy of Mexico in Singapore
Lower Gallery, Objectifs
14 Feb to 3 Mar 2019
Tues to Sat, 12pm to 7pm / Sun, 12pm to 4pm
Admission is free
Opening Reception: Wed 13 Feb, 7pm to 10pm
Artist Talk: Wed 13 Feb, 6pm to 7pm (Free admission, save a seat via Peatix)
The Embassy of Mexico in Singapore presents A Mexican Portrait, a solo exhibition by Mexican photographer Martha Gabriela Driessen.
Through black and white photographs, A Mexican Portrait captures moments of Mexican people’s everyday lives in Mexico as well as in the United States. From a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico, to the urban streets of Chicago, USA, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the Mexican spirit in which ancient traditions are weaved into new ways of life.
Driessen’s candid photographs have the intention of showcasing what is essentially human and symbolically Mexican. In the images, perfection is actually in the imperfection, and the nuances come forward to highlight the beauty of Mexican happenstance.
Martha Gabriela Driessen was born and raised in Mexico City and has lived half her life in the USA. She began her journey in photography working in the darkroom in the early 1980s and studied Journalism and Communications at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Martha travels near and far photographing the simplicity and happenstance of everyday life. She looks for spontaneous, candid moments, life unfolding. Martha lives and works in Minneapolis and is an active participant in the workshops of Magnum photographer Nikos Economopoulos, a strong influence and mentor.