Structures of Identity: Photography from The Walther Collection

Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
21 Oct 2017 - 07 Feb 2017

Zanele Muholi, Beloved V. Courtesy the artist.

Zanele Muholi, Beloved V. Courtesy the artist.

Across various cultures and historical periods, photographers have used portraiture to affirm or challenge social stereotypes constructed around notions of race, gender, class, and nationality. Structures of Identity visualizes the political and cultural factors that shape individual and collective subjectivities, with a particular focus on the relation between self- representation and social identity.

Emphasizing the work of artists who use portraiture to subvert visual expectations, and challenge markers of identification, the exhibition questions notions of a stable, authentic self. Structures of Identity shows how some photographers have capitalized on the power of photographic portraiture to explore changing notions of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity.

Structures of Identity highlights the different ways that subjectivity and social identity are shaped and regarded within the history of the photographic medium, and illustrates the efforts of The Walther Collection to discuss and consider the history of photography beyond conventional temporal, cultural, and geographic boundaries.


International Photography Workshop: Friday, Oct 20 from 11am – 8pm

Artur Walther in Conversation with Simon Njami: Saturday, Oct 21 at 12pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct 21 at 1pm
Museo Amparo, 2 Sur 708
Centro Histórico 72000
Puebla, México


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