Ver ArtistaFlor Garduño

Flor Garduño was born in Mexico City in 1957. When she was 5 years old, her family moved to a farm 25 km away from the capital. There, living with the animals, having contact with nature shaped her character as a child.

She studied visual art at the Antigua Academia de San Carlos (UNAM) focusing on the search for the structural apects of form and space. She was especially interested in the work at the atelier of her teacher Kati Horna, Hungarian photographer who left Europe during the escalation of national socialism. Horna’s personality coupled with the magical and expressive dimension of her photography had a strong impact on the development of Flor’s work.

She gave up her studies to work as the darkroom assistant to Manuel Alvarez Bravo, one of the most prestigious Mexican photographers. Printing portfolios in silver, platinum and palladium processes Flor honed her photographic skills. From then her career as a photographer was defined.

She began working at the Secretary of Public Education under the direction of the photographer Mariana Yampolsky, visiting remote rural areas in order to find appropriate subjects for school books. This experience gave Flor the opportunity to know her country and the life of the indigenous people. Thus she found her own distinct style. An example is the photograph "El Agua". This disquieting picture shows a women emerging from a background of falling water and dark foliage. This archetypical vision is not just a description but transposes one into the magic of dreams.

1982 Her first individual exhibition took place at the Galería José Clemente Orozco in Mexico City.

1983- She participated in the exhibition "Four from Mexico" at the Mexican Museum in San Francisco.

1984- At a joint exhibition at the Musée des Enfants in Paris she presented her photographs on the subject "Death in Mexico".
and at the Casa de la Cultura in Juchitan, Oaxaca.

1985- Encouraged by the enthusiasm and editorial support of the painter Francisco Toledo, Flor published her first book MAGIA DEL JUEGO ETERNO
(The Magic of the Eternal Game) which contained 6 years of work. This work was introduced at the Galería de Arte Contem­poraneo in Mexico City
and at La Chambre Claire during the "Mois de la Photo" in Paris).

1986- Exhibition of MAGIA DEL JUEGO ETERNO (The Magic of the Eternal Game) at La Chambre Claire during the "Mois de la Photo" in Paris.

She participated in several joint exhibitions, including exhibits at the Gallery San Francisco Camera Work.

1987- Her second book BESTIARIUM was published by U. Bär Verlag, Zurich, Switzerland. Individual exhibition at the Casa de America Latina
in Monte-Carlo.

1988- Exhibition of BESTIARIUM at the Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City. Group exhibitions in Europe, Canada and USA.

1990- Receives the Arts fellowship for photography from the Mexican government.

1991-Receives a Swiss Federal Grant for photography.
Group exhibitions at Montpellier and during the Rencontres d'Arles, France.

1992-1993-The Swiss magazine "du" dedicated the January issue
entirely to Flor.

In March the Magazine "Tages Anzeiger" (Zurich) published her work.

In April the book WITNESSES OF TIME appeared in 5 languages and 7 editions (Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, England, USA, Mexico).

The exhibition tour of WITNESSES OF TIME (100 prints) traveled to: Musée des Elysées, Lausanne, Switzerland; Reiss Museum, Mannheim, Germany; Fotofest Houston; Art Institute of Chicago; Museo de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; Center of Creative Photography, Tucson; Americas Society, New York; Meadows Museum, Dallas and Museo dell'Arte, Mendrisio, Switzerland.

Nikon Gallery, Zürich presented a selection of her photographs from "du" magazine.

Collective exhibitions:
Canto a la Realidad.
Fotografía Latinoamericana. 1860-1992
Casa de América, Madrid (Spain)

Receives a grant from the Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern (Switzerland).

1994- She published her fourth book MESTEÑOS, photographs of horses and Native Americans. The exhibition tour WITNESSES OF TIME
traveled to Oaxaca, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Jalapa, Mexico.

For Image and Memory:
Latin American Photography, 1880-1992
she exhibited her photos at the
Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio, and at the Meadows Museum of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

1995- The Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes gave her a 3 year grant to develop a new project. MESTEÑOS was shown for the first time at Vision Gallery, San Francisco Photographs from
BESTIARIUM and MAGIA DEL JUEGO ETERNO were shown in Berlin, Hamburg and Braunschweig (Germany). Encontros de fotografia, Terras do Norte, exhibition at the Galeria do Museu Antropológico, Coimbra, Portugal. Mexican Visionary, Light Factory, Charlotte NC (USA).
For Image and Memory: Latin American Photography, 1880-1992 she exhibited her photos at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California.

1996- Sponsored by Pro Helvetia, Flor’s exhibition
WITNESSES OF TIME will travel the Museo de Arte Moderna, Guatemala (10/96) and will continue to Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil.
For Image and Memory:
Latin American Photography, 1880-1992
she exhibited her photos at the Art Gallery of the University of Scranton, Scranton and at El Museo del Barrio, New York New York.
Member at the price jury at La Caixa of Barcelona (Spain).
She realises a commemorative book with Mummenschanz, Tobler Verlag, Altstätten, Switzerland.
She is invited from Guido Magnaguagno to take photos from Zürich for a collective exhibition at the Kunsthaus of Zürich.

The Tour-Exhibition
is shown at: Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporanéo (CENAC), San José, (Costa Rica); Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas Venezuela); Galeria Art-Forum, Quito (Ecuador); Museo Nacional de Colombia, Bogotà (Colombia);
For Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th Century she exhibishes her photos at the The Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.
For “Acquisitions of contemporary photographs” she shows her photos at the Museum voor Volkenkunde Rotterdam, Holland.
For SIGLO DE PLATA, FOTOGRAFIA MEXICANA, Fondo Nacional Para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico, she shows her photos at Culiacan, Matzatlan, Mexicali,Morelia, Toluca, Tlaxcala, Pachuca,Villahermosa, Campeche, Chetumal in Mexico.
For ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, Chicago, USA Exhibition of her photos at a collective exhibition.
For Associazione Karen Blix “REAL MARAVILLOSO”, Milano, Italy she exhibits her photos at a collective exhibition.

1998- The Tour-Exhibition
WITNESSES OF TIME is shown at: Galeria della Municipalidad, Lima(Peru)Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, (Bolivia) Museo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, (Argentina), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, (Chile); Member of the Prize Jury of the Swiss Press Prize 1998.

1999- The Tour-Exhibition
is shown at:
Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes,
Montevideo (Uruguay);
Sao Paolo (Brazil) 4Mês International de Fotografia

Ivam, Museo Valenciano di Arte Moderna, ESGUARDS DISTANTS

2000- TV-film (biographic/documentary) by Elanimage in coproduction with Canal Once, Mexico and Prodest Communications, Rome

Exhibition “LA MASCHERA E L’UOMO” at Cagliari (Sardegna, Italia) at the

Exhibition WITNESSES OF TIME at the Museo KEN DAMY, Brescia, Italy

600 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Three person exhibition (together with Graciela Iturbide and Cristina Garcia Rodero) at the PHOTOGRAPHS DO NOT BEND GALLERY, Dallas

2001- Personal exhibition at THROCKMORTON GALLERY,
New York
Member of the jury
in Bogotà, Columbia
Collective exhibition entitled
“La natura della natura morta”,

2002-Collective exhibition Latin American Artists, 1980-2000 at the IDB CULTURAL CENTER ART GALLERY, Washington D.C. (USA)

2003-She publishes her new book
(Bulfinch Press, New York/Boston USA – Edition Braus, Heidelberg GERMANY – Lunwerg, Madrid/Barcelona SPAIN – Peliti Associati, Rome ITALY)

Personal exhibition
in Milan (Italy)

Exhibition PLATINUM WORKS by Flor Garduño
at the GALLERIA SOZZANI in Milan (Italy)

Personal exhibition
in Ascona (Switzerland)
and at the Centro de la Imagen in México City.

Personal exhibition
at the Galerie PHOTONET, Wiesbaden (Germany)

Personal exhibit at:
GAM Galleria d’arte moderna, Bologna, Italy – FLOR and WITNESSES OF TIME

Jackson Fine Art Inc. Atlanta GA (USA

Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles (USA) - FLOR

Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe NM (USA)

Throckmorton Gallery, New York (USA)

Naples Museum, Naples, Florida (USA) - FLOR

Museo de fotografía Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, México

Cinemateca de Monterrey, México

Michael Dunev Art Projects, Girona (Spain)

2004-Personal exhibiti at:

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile (Chile) FLOR

Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales de Montevideo
(Uruguay) FLOR

Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA (USA)

Mois de la potographie, Paris (France) –
selection of FLOR and WITNESSES OF TIME

Galerie Art75 Yves di Maria, Paris (France) -
selection of FLOR and WITNESSES OF TIME

Museum Veluwezoom Museum, Doorwerth Castle
(Netherland) FLOR

2005-Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (USA) WITNESSES OF TIME

Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona (USA)

Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (Poland) WITNESSES OF TIME

Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz (Bolivia),

Centro de la Fotografía, El Ojo Ajeno, Lima (Peru)

Galería Marta Traba, Memorial de America Latina de
Sao Paulo (Brasil), FLOR

Direccion General de Museos, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Huret&Spector Gallery, Emerson College,

Mai Manó, Casa de la Fotografía, Budapest (Hungary)

Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

m.a.x. Museo/Spazio Officina, Chiasso (Switzerland),
- Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
- Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, USA
- The Israel Museum, Jerusalem/Israel
- Bibliothèque Nationale, Claude Lémagny, Paris, France
- PaineWebber Collection, John Szarkowski, New York, NY, USA
- Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
- Museum voor Fotografie, Anversa,Belgium
- Museum für Fotografie, Braunschweig, Germany
- Collection of the Gotthard Bank, Lugano,Switzerland
- Museo de Arte Moderno, México DF
- The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, Ca. USA
- Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, Ca. USA
- Casa de la Cultura de Juchitán, Oax. México
- Collection of Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Cd. México
- Museo de la fotografia (fundacion cultural TELEVISA), México
- Museo Nacional de Historia, INAH, México
- Galeria Arte Contemporaneo, Cd. México
- Swiss Foundation of Photography, Zürich, Switzerland
- Kunsthaus, Zürich, Switzerland
- Private collection of Fernando Garzoni, Switzerland
- Private collection of Helmut Gernsheim, Switzerland
- Museo del Barrio, New York, USA
- Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA
Obras de Arte

Flor Garduño
Canasta de Luz
Gelatin silver print
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Flor Garduño
Vestido Eterno, Mexico
Gelatin Silver Print
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