Text by Pieter Hugo, Mario Bellatin, Ashraf Jamal.
Themes of mortality and ordinariness in modern-day Mexico
This is Cape Town–based photographer Pieter Hugo’s (born 1976) homage to Mexico, in portraits, landscapes and still-life vignettes with bright shades of pink, blue and green.
PRAISE AND REVIEWS
This is a series about sex, and death—interpreted explicitly: naked flesh and blood, burning and cut-up corpses, fallen fruit and blooming flowers. Nature and humanity perform a strange and beguiling dance across the pages—La Cucaracha playing faintly in the background.
New York Times
Osman Can Yerebakan
[It] was its people’s day-to-day understanding of life’s fragility that inspired his new photography series, “La Cucaracha." Hugo named the series after the popular folk song about an injured cockroach whose lyrics are often rewritten in Mexico as political satire.
Pieter Hugo’s big, bold book on sex and death in Mexico is ancient and modern at once. La Cucaracha merges myth, history, and everyday reality, drawing symbols from Catholic iconography, Biblical stories, Mexican folklore, Aztec antiquity, Renaissance painting and cartel crime scenes. Hugo’s electric memento mori celebrates Mexico’s ability to grapple with ambiguity, and to endure.
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FORMAT: Hbk, 12.25 x 13.75 in. / 136 pgs / 56 color. LIST PRICE: U.S. $75.00 LIST PRICE: CANADA $108 ISBN: 9788417975159 PUBLISHER: RM AVAILABLE: 4/14/2020 DISTRIBUTION: D.A.P. RETAILER DISC: FLAT40 PUBLISHING STATUS: Active AVAILABILITY: In stock TERRITORY: NA ONLY