México, D.F: Troconi-Letayf, (2019). 4 photographs (size 27 x 36 cm), digitally printed (archive quality digital print) on Moab Rag Bright paper 100% cotton of 290 grams, signed and numbered, all inside color portfolio with tipped-in color plates and silver round sticker as closure. NOTE: Each portfolio contains four unique photographs from the series. Item #112366
SIGNED, NUMBERED AND LIMITED EDITION OF 10 COPIES of a photographic portfolio by Mexico City and London based photographer Adam Wiseman (Mexico 1970). He is a photographer whose distinctive artistic career has been marked by his relationship to photojournalism. His subjects are clearly interposed with the longstanding understanding of image as something between document and intersubjectivity. Much of Mexico's rural houses are self-built with little or no regulation, architecture built by non-architects. Adam Wisemann has coined the term "free architecture" to describe those houses which in many cases are built with remittances (Money sent by Mexicans back home from the US). Peppering the rural landscape and urban working-class neighborhoods, these buildings tend to reflect the aspirations of their builders. They are financed over time by undocumented immigrants living and working in the US and are inspired by their new surroundings. Rarely do two structures look alike, each has features from a cross-section of cultures and historical periods, the houses may be inspired by American suburbia, Hollywood movies or Disney fantasies. Often, these houses are left empty or remain in permanent state of construction. More like trophies than homes, they function as substitutes for their owners, who have left to seek economic opportunity across the northern border. In the spirit of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's "Learning from Las Vegas" (1972) and Robert Smithson's "Hotel Palenque" (1969-72), "Free Architecture" lends importance to a feature of the built environment that might otherwise be dismissed as an eyesore. ENGLISH AND SPANISH TEXTS.