México, D.F: Hydra+Fotografía; Inframundo Editorial; Cádiz, [Spain] : Universidad de Cádiz, UCA, 2021. chiefly color plates, ports., accordion-fold structure of double-sided pages, color pict. boards, plus 1 sheet, loose as issued. Item #116195
NOW OUT OF PRINT. Artist book that takes an ethnographic approach to the so-called "ficheras": women who accompany clients dancing in live music nightclubs. The Mexicanas is a play of double series and double exposures; a play whose board is reminiscent of an old-fashioned, variegated diaporama. Each dance, glass or bottle they consume with their companions provides them with a small amount of money. This trade, which dates back to the golden age of dance halls - back in the thirties and forties of the last century - still survives in some places in Mexico City. In this project, Paola Bragado ironically combines both realities: the superposition of materials, signs and structures of urban space, in which the forms of a violent patriarchy still persist, with the images she takes of these women in their workspaces. In addition, as a gesture of female reappropriation of these dance venues, she invites acquaintances and friends to share poses and sessions with the ficheras. This play with the impurity of the documentary portrait leads the author, too, to try other ways of constructing gestures."The first of these series, at the beginning of 2015, consists of images that seem to leave the drawer of a collector of forgotten photographs: lost scenes of travel newspapers that would have passed through too many hands and too many movies; overexposed, accumulated, unavailable of a specific time or space. Images of Mexico City, so charming in its surface effects - veiled, dyes, perforations, overlapping - as apparently lacking in mind." --Sheet. CONTENTS: Volver a exponer / Miguel Errazu. ENGLISH AND SPANISH TEXTS.