Denis Darzacq captures the poetic expressionism of bodies in motion. His acclaimed 2006 series, La Chute (The Fall), shows suspended figures that leap, fall, twist, and float in unusual contortions through the streets of Paris. The images are not manipulated, as one might expect in the digital era. They are the direct result of Darzacq’s collaborations with young hip hop and street performers from the city’s outskirts. Inspired by the 2005 riots when much of the civil unrest was blamed on the local youth, the images mirror the anxiety and injustice of the times infused with the beauty and potential of dance. La Chute received global recognition shortly after its debut and won Darzacq a World Press Photo Award in 2007. This is the first exhibition of Darzacq’s work in Mexico.
Ramona Rosales creates open-ended narratives linked by a color-popping palette and distinctive styling. Her color studies are constructed as experiments (chromatically suggestive of Josef Albers and Henry Hensche) to test how extreme color interactions determine the perception of a story. In her latest series, Outside the Lines, the subject appears from just below the knee amidst the aftermath of a minor mishap. The scenes are carefully choreographed; every element becomes a potential signifier and the plot unfolds at the discretion of the viewer. Like her earlier series, Je Ne Suis Pas Seul Sans Toi (I Am Not Alone Without You), it is color that plays the title role while the staging, varying only slightly, is the supporting character. Selections from both series will be on view.
Trujillo’s Flores (Flowers) are dramatically symbolic remembrances of family and childhood and a tribute to the women (and a few men) who have influenced the artist. The symbolism of flowers has a long history in art and culture across the globe. Growing up between Mexico and the US, flowers filled the homes of Trujillo’s mother and sisters, and were frequently used medicinally and as offerings. Trujillo's arrangements borrow some of the sentiment of 19th century Victorian “talking bouquets” with deeply expressive coded messages. At the same time, the compositions emulate a structured slippage of heritage across culture, place, and time, reflecting the artist’s colorful worldview.
Denis Darzacq (b. 1961, Paris, France) has exhibited extensively in Europe and North America. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including Centre Pompidou, musée Nicéphore Niépce, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Bidwell Projects, Fonds national d’Art contemporain, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Caldic Collection, and Agnès B. His work has been the subject of numerous monographs including a limited edition re-issue of La Chute in 2013. Darzacq lives and works in Paris, France.
Ramona Rosales (b. 1978, Los Angeles) received her BFA from Art Center College of Design. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Los Angeles and Miami. Her commercial work is widely published and regularly appears in numerous magazines including Elle, GQ, Esquire, and New York Times Magazine. Rosales is based in Los Angeles, California.
Joaquin Trujillo (b. 1976, Los Angeles, raised in Zacatecas, Mexico) received his BFA from Art Center College of Design. His work is in permanent collections at San Francisco MoMA and the Amon Carter Museum and has been included in their recent exhibitions: Portraits and Other Likenesses (SF MoMA) and Color! American Photography Transformed (Amon Carter Museum). He has exhibited widely in the US and Mexico and has had recent exhibitions in London and Paris. Trujillo lives between Zacatecas, New York City, and Los Angeles.