KINDERWUNSCHANA CASAS BRODA
12/02/2020 - 12/03/2020
Talk about your brand
Hermegildo Bustos and Multi-purpose Halls
This exhibition and photobook where the narrative is constructed in the union of images, videos and texts, is presented for the third time in Mexico, this time in the halls of the University of Guanajuato.
The desire to have a child, a pregnancy. To inhabit a foreign, perfect body. Giving birth, breasts full of milk, the delirium of the first months. A timeless, formless space, day and night follow one another without division. The pleasure of that little body glued to mine, to my breast, breastfeeding every three hours, dozing, delirium, exhaustion. A body that feeds on me. So many intense, contradictory, surprising emotions.
And at some point, a slip into another scene, an imperceptible, radical movement. Insomnia, circular thoughts. Suddenly I find myself in a place that terrifies me. A slow and tortuous transit through a dark tunnel. My body urges me to enter, to listen. The memories that crowd my body. I stand still, listening to the voice speaking in my head. Alert. I withdraw inward, self-absorbed, suspended between two times. I'm afraid to move, any movement can provoke a collapse, can let out unsuspected, terrifying monsters. My fear as a child.
The fear of what is inside. The games, the affection, the contact, the photos bring me back to the present for a while. Intense, pleasurable sensations that dominate everything. And at the same time, it is my children who summon me back to that other scene. The ones that remain are anchored to my grandmother's photos. Kinderwunsch, children and desire. German, the language of my childhood. The desire to have children. Recapturing the desire of the little girl in the photos. The intensity of affection, passion, depression, desire as a journey inwards and outwards at the same time. A vital process.
Excerpt from the text by Ana Casas in the book Kinderwunsch
ABOUT ANA CASAS BRODA
(SPAIN | MEXICO 1965), has lived in Mexico since 1974. He studied Visual Arts, History and Photography in Mexico, Spain, Austria and the United States. Since 1983 he has had numerous solo exhibitions in Mexico and abroad. Member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores FONCA 2008-2011. Published two photobooks: Álbum, published by Mestizo, Spain, 2000; and Kinderwunsch, published by La Fábrica, 2013, winner of the Best Art Book Award by the Spanish Ministry of Art, Culture and Sport in 2014. Álbum was presented as a solo exhibition at Centro de la Imagen, Mexico, in 2001-2002, at Casa de América, PHotoEspaña festival 2002, and at several other international venues. Kinderwunsch opened at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, PHotoEspaña festival 2015, and was later presented at FOTOHOF, Salzbugo, Austria, 2016, at the Museo Regional de Querétaro, Mexico, 2017 and at the Museo de la Ciudad de México, 2019. She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions and publications, including HOMETRUTHS, book and exhibition curated by Susan Bright, presented at Photographers Gallery, London, UK, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, 2015, Belfast Exposed, festival in Ireland, 2015.Since 1990 she has been organising activities on photography, educational programmes, meetings, festivals, etc. He was assistant to Manuel Álvarez Bravo in 1986.
She has worked at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid - from 1989 to 1993 -, in 1994 she founded the Education area of Centro de la Imagen, where she worked until 1998, from 2000 to 2006 she coordinated the program FotoGuanajuato, program studies and festival organised by the Instituto de Cultura de Guanajuato and the Centro de la Imagen, from 2007 to 2015 she coordinated the Seminario de Fotografía Contemporánea of the Centro de la Imagen with the Centro de las Artes de San Agustín.In 2012 she founded Hydra + Fotografía with Gabriela González Reyes and Gerardo Montiel Klint- As co-curator with Gisela Volá she made "Borrador de un cuerpo intervenido" Arte x Arte, Buenos Aires Argentina, 2017, Hydra x FOAM, Netherlands 2017, among many others. She is co-organiser of the Photobook Fair and the Latin American Photobook Award 2017 at the FotoMuseo Cuatro Caminos in the framework of the Latin American Photography Colloquium. He is a juror for various competitions and grants such as Sistema Nacional de Creadores y Jóvenes Creadores, FONCA, 6x6 Global Talent World Press Photo, Photo Vogue, among many others. In 2016 he created INCUBADORA DE FOTOLIBROS, a program where authors develop their photobooks with the advice of national and foreign editors and designers. In 2018 he founded INFRAMUNDO, a publishing project of Hydra, with José Luis Lugo and Ramon Pez, which in 2018 published 24 photobooks and were presented at international fairs.
The exhibition KINDERWUNSCH is a production of Fundación Televisa in collaboration with Hydra.
Kinderwunsch was published by La Fábrica, Spain, in a co-publication with Hydra and Fundación Televeisa.in a co-publication of Hydra with Fundación Televeisa, and