RETRATADAS POR: ANTONIO CABALLERO  _  JESÚS MAGAÑA JUAN PONCE

Photography’s history is revised time and time again under specific criteria of the historic and the earnest, but this leaves out what seems unimportant. Under this principles it is decided what to preserve in the document archive and the newspaper and periodicals libraries, what to keep for the collective memory. But a giant pile of images of popular consumption in their time, that united entertainment with the eroticism and sensuality of a specific group of women, are overlooked by this patriarchal vision.

 

Las Fabulosas, important stars (vedettes) of the 80s and 90s, were characters that from the stages of theaters, the small screen and the seventh art in its most sinister version, constructed a different image of what was feminine, of a woman's body and sexuality in a country that was deep in telenovelas, an economic crisis and used to the insipid televised fun of the time. All of this, parallel to the growing women’s freedom movement that aimed for legitimity and equal rights.

 

How many million times were necessary for the names Lyn May, Sasha Montenegro, Princesa Lea, Wanda Seux, Rossy Mendoza, Olga Breeskin or Princesa Yamal to circulate and become part of the collective language and social imaginary? How much did the “noche mexicana” (mexican night) permeate in today’s society? Why a cinema made with such low resources has had so much echo in depicting the city and its inhabitants?

 

Today, this images are perceived with the same nostalgia that rumberas, part of the mexican cinema golden era, provoqued in writers such as Carlos Monsiváis, because they show a Mexico City that literally crumbled after the 1985 earthquake.

 

Maria José Cuevas’ research to make the documentary “Bellas de Noche”, the press collection and gathering of images of: Jesús Magaña, Antonio Caballero, Paulina Lavista, Juan Ponce, the Archivo Cinematográfico de Permanencia Voluntaria, IMCINE and the Fondo Hermanos Mayo of the AGN; in sum, are the materials and axis of this photographic exhibition that recalls a whole era and its divas.

 

Mexico City’s history and how it has changed is drawn in the sinuous curves of these stars.

Research and archive:  María José Cuevas

Curatorial work: Melissa Valenzuela / Gustavo Prado / Samantha Urdapilleta

FOTO MUSEO CUATRO CAMINOS

DICIEMBRE 2016 - MARZO 2017

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