WE ARE ALL THAT
Glimpses into the holdings of the Museo Archivo de la Fotografía
Ramon Pez
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DIEGO MORENO

ABOUT THIS BOOK

SOMOS TODO AQUELLO explores the collection of the Museo Archivo de la Fotografia (MAF), made up of nearly two million images produced throughout the 20th century by photographers who worked for the Government of Mexico City, who recorded the progress of public works, political events and social events.

Intended for work reports, the images perpetuate the investiture of the officials and their works. Thus, these photographs can be seen as the self-portrait of the power in power, and the photographers themselves remain anonymous.

Based on the hard data of identification and cataloguing of each image contained in this publication, we are committed to new forms of historical interpretation that bring together objective facts with intuition and creative action, in order to produce visual poetics, new narratives and historiographical practices, which we have called "exercises of historical imagination". 

The photographs do not accompany a narrative, they do not illustrate: they remain free to speak for themselves. If history works preferably with documents, the material of this exercise in historical imagination comes from images, the raw material of the unconscious. We could say that it is a surrealist historiography that bridges the gap between the concrete and the dreamlike. Each image is a fragment of time, to which we add the knowledge of the time that has preceded it and, from that present time, always enfuga, we read them anew. 

Carmen Tostado Gutiérrez, 2018
Through images and texts Diego Moreno narrates the complexity of his family history, one that is marked by disturbing cycles of domestic violence, machismo and attachment to the Catholic religion. This photobook, in the form of a family album, allows the author to construct a present to find his place in the world and reflect more deeply on the fragility and complexity of the human condition, and the hostile time in which we live. 

Huésped has been developed over six years, during which Diego has explored his own identity through an intense process of immersion in photography as a means of connecting with his family universe, creating and recreating scenes that allow us to enter into this complex fabric of relationships, while they are transformed into the same photographic act. Since the times of the Spanish Conquest, 

Chiapas has been a state of Mexico where diverse cultures coexist, where cultural and social contrasts are in constant tension. Mexico's border with Latin America, passage of undocumented immigrants, scene of the Zapatista struggle, place inhabited by indigenous peoples who keep alive the pre-Hispanic customs, the so-called "coletos" descendants of the Spanish, mestizos and foreigners, build an extremely complex social mosaic. 
WE ARE ALL THAT brings together four projects: Christiane Burkhard explores the archive as if it were an archaeological site, in order to encounter primordial matter: earth and water. Patricia Lagarde dialogues with the images in the archive in order to create new fictions around a city that is crumbling with earthquakes. On my own, I traverse the historiography of a cathartic year: 1968, when rumours, espionage, fear and celebration coexisted in the streets of Mexico City. 80 años de la avenida 20 de noviembre is the result of two independent workshops carried out by Francisco Mata Rosas and Juan José Ochoa, about the opening of the avenue that generated at the time a strong controversy about the city that was to be built in the 1930s. 

WE ARE ALL THAT traces in the forgotten photos that city that sleeps in the archive, reminds us of the city that we were and that awakens with every search. 
Carmen Tostado Gutiérrez, 2018

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Box size: 25 x 19.5 x 2 cm
Book size: 24 x 18 x 1.5 cm
Number of pages: 110 
Offset Printing 
Weight: 452 g
Print run 3000
Language: Spanish 
It includes:
Box with:
3 texts by Carmen Tostado Gutiérrez, Christiane Burkhard and Luis Palacios Kaim.
3 foldouts with images of:1. The Opening of Avenida 20 de noviembre 
2. Intervention on the lithograph "Elevation of the Mexican Independence Monument". Unknown author. Orozco y Berra Collection by Patricia Lagarde. 
3. Mirage. Assemblage of views of Lake Texcoco by Christiane Burkhard. 2018.
Poster of the south-west region of the Lake of Texcoco 36 x 48 cm

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