Eugenia Martínez
Mexican, born 1976

Working with found vintage portraiture and popular texts, Eugenia Martinez comments on public discourse and private life in various regional and socioeconomic Mexican communities. Featuring timeworn photographs from flea markets in Mexico City, Martinez’s images are simultaneously anonymous and universal, and the figures serve as backdrops rather than subjects. Martinez outlines each figure with a white pen, eliciting an op-art quality that merges the image with the line, the plastic with the organic. The artist then surrounds the subjects with words—often quotes from world leaders or popular folk sayings—to create what she calls “an impenetrable halo of justice”. In doing so, Martinez projects values and beliefs onto the figures, echoing how portraits reveal cultural values.

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