Photos by
Flor Garduño

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Flor Garduño
6855 Stabio
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Canasta de luz Flor de San Jose Vestido elegante Vestido eterno
Agaves Virgen Pecado original Arbol de la vida
Lecciones de botanica Three in a row Pez de abril Caballito en la nieve

© Flor Garduño

« Beaucoup plus qu’une photographe, je suis un canal qui reçoit et retransmet de l’énergie. Il m’arrive d’attendre des années, mais lorsque je sens que ce canal se libère, que ce dieu ou cette énergie peut circuler, lorsque je la sens et que je peux la toucher, alors elle explose. » Flor Garduño.

Flor Garduño. Nata a Città del Messico nel 1957, vive tra Stabio (Canton Ticino, Svizzera) e Tepoztlán (Messico). Ha studiato all'Accademia di San Carlos nella sua città natale per poi divenire assistente di Manuel Alvarez Bravo fino al 1980, quando ha deciso di operare come fotografa indipendente. Ha pubblicato il primo libro di fotografia nel 1985 Magia del juego eterno (Oax-Messico). Ne sono seguiti molti altri, tra i quali ricordiamo: Bestiarium (Zurigo 1987), Testimoni del tempo (1992), Mesteños (1994) e Mummenschanz (1996). Sue opere sono esposte in non meno di trentacinque musei, tra i quali: l'Art Institute di Chicago, American Society di New York, il Center of Creative Photography di Tucson, i Musei di Belle Arti di Città del Messico, il Museum of Modern Art di New York, La Biliothèque Nationale di Parigi, la Stiftung für Photographie di Zurigo, il Ludwig Museum di Colonia e il Musée de l'Élysée di Losanna.

Flor Garduno wurde 1957 in Mexiko geboren. Sie studierte Fotografie im Atelier von Kati Horna und war Assistentin von Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Sie veröffentlichte bereits vier Fotografiebildbände. Flor Gardunos Fotografien wurden in bedeutenden Museen in Europa, den USA und Südamerika ausgestellt. Sie nimmt zudem regelmäßig an Gruppenausstellungen teil. Ihre Arbeiten wurden u.a. in die Sammlungen folgender Museen aufgenommen: Museum of Modern Art, New York, Fine Arts Museum, Houston, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris und Museum Ludwig, Köln. Flor Garduno lebt in Tepotzlan, Mexiko, und Stabio, Schweiz

Flor Garduño, née à Mexico le 21 mars 1957, étudie l’Art et la photographie à l’Académie de San Carlos et le graphisme à la Metropolitain University. Mariée au photographe suisse Adriano Heitmann, elle a deux enfants Azul et Olin et partage sa vie entre le Mexique et la Suisse. 1976-1978 : Flor Garduño poursuit ses études d’art plastiques à l’Académie Nationale de Mexico où elle y suit un stage en 1978 avec la photographe hongroise Kah Horna. Ce fut une période décisive pour elle et décida de devenir photographe. 1979-1981 : Assistante de Manuel Alvarez Bravo, maître incontestable de la photographie mexicaine, elle collabore à la création de deux portfolios et réalise les tirages au platine. Depuis les années 80, les photographies de Flor Garduño sont dans les plus grandes collections publiques et privées dont les institutions ont présenté de nombreuses expositions : MOMA, New York ; Art Institut, Chicago ; BNF, Paris ; Stiftung für photographiee, Zürich ; Paint Weber, New York ; Ludwig Museum, Köln… Elle est également invitée à des dizaines d’expositions collectives : Mexican Museum de San Francisco ; Divers Works Gallery à Houston…

Flor Garduno was an assistant to Manuel Alvarez Bravo. She has published numerous art books of which the best known is WITNESSES OF TIME. The work from this book has been exhibited more than 40 times in the most important museums in Mexico, Europe, the US and the Americas. Flor Garduno is regularly invited to participate in collective photographic projects and to serve on the selection committee of juried photographic exhibitions. In addition she has been represented in numerous collective exhibitions. Flor divides her time between Tepoztlan, Mexico and Stabio, Switzerland.


Flor Garduno: Inner Light
von Flor Garduno, Veronica Volkow (Einleitung)
Eine besondere Adhikara Empfehlung

From Publishers Weekly
In her follow up to the travel diary Witnesses of Time, Mexican photographer Garduño veers away from architecture and landscape to explore the female nude and the still life. The one-time assistant to Mañuel Alvarez Bravo does not, however, forsake her signature magic realism in this new terrain. Echoing Bravo and Tina Modotti, Garduño evokes ancient myths and indigenous rituals with a surrealist touch. She celebrates all her subjects-monumental leaves, rough-hewn stone, gleaming crows, dead fish, sphinx-like children, and supple pomegranates-with the sensuous play of light and shadow, but it is the female body, -its planes and curves, that Garduño consecrates with sumptuous luminosity. Although not a groundbreaking collection, the series affirms the artist's contribution to the wide scope of Latin American photography. An uneven introduction by poet Verónica Volkow probes themes of fertility and death; Garduño's enigmatic images speak eloquently of such mysteries all by themselves. 62 tritone photos.
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Sensual and symbolic female nudes and still lives form this collection of reproduced tritone images by Mexican photographer Flor Garduno. In contrast to Garduno's first three books, which were essentially diaries of her travels throughout the Americas, this is a diary of her personal, interior landscape. The images were all taken in and around her homes in Mexico and Switzerland. Always using natural light, she has created a series of photographs that bring a magical lyricism to black-and-white photography. An introduction by Veronica Volkow, the Mexican poet, plays up the metaphoric qualities in Garduno's images, exploring the resonance of the word "flower", in Flor's name and in her sensual imagery.

Witnesses of Time
von Flor Garduno.
Eine besondere Adhikara Empfehlung

From Publishers Weekly
Published in conjunction with a traveling exhibition, this volume of duotone photographs is often quite extraordinary. Attempting to show the melding of the mystical and the material, the ancient and the contemporary, in the daily lives of Native Americans in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, Garduno has fashioned a set of stunning portraits and landscapes. Most of the pictures are of Indians in their everyday circumstances--bare rooms with dirt floors, dusty and desolate stretches of land, old-world country villages--with many of the human subjects juxtaposed to (or wearing) religious totems, both Christian and pagan. Mexican novelist Fuentes writes of Garduno capturing "the immediate beauty and seduction of a figurine . . . a smiling little mask, or a parrot stylized for all eternity." Her most affecting photos are those in which these symbols blend in naturally with the overall composition. In several of the pictures, however, the subjects are too posed; one can imagine Garduno placing objects in their hands and telling them how and where to stand. Another problem: there is no text to accompany the photos, leaving the reader to guess the context or to glean what little information one can from the photos' titles.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
In his introduction, world-renowned novelist/essayist Carlos Fuentes observes, "Native American time is simultaneously vast and minute, infinite and limited. To penetrate both worlds is the secret of Flor Gardu$o's art." Here, the Mexican-born Gardu$o collects photographs that resulted from travels through remote rural towns in Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Landscapes, architecture, ceremonies, masks, and individual portraits are all included, but the common thread is the spirituality of the Indian cosmos. Hinting at an ancient order of being, each photo contains archetypal images that evoke a powerful response in the viewer. Humans are considered only one among many animals, and death or sacrifice is often present as a necessary transition in the renewal of life; one senses lost worlds both without and within. Truly, these pictures are worth a thousand words. Comprising 72 beautiful black-and-white full-page plates, this deluxe hardcover edition accompanies a worldwide traveling exhibition. Patricia Wyatt's Keepers of the Dream (Pomegranate Artbooks, 1995) and similar pictorial works about Indian religion and mythology either cover a different area or do not emphasize art photography. Recommended for large public libraries and academic libraries with photography or Central and South American cultural collections and for specialized collections in photography or Native American spirituality. Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis
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