The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey presents the exhibition Structures of Identity: Photography from The Walther Collection, which examines how photographers across a range of cultures and historical periods have used their images to affirm or challenge social stereotypes particularly those constructed around notions of race, gender, class, and nationality. Emphasizing the work of artists —and sitters— who use the medium to subvert visual expectations, and challenge markers of identification, Structures of Identity questions notions of a stable, authentic self. In particular, it focuses on how photographers have used serial imagery —related sequences of photographs, rather than individual images— to explore the political and cultural factors that shape individual and collective subjectivities.

This exhibition includes series and sequences made by artists from Europe, the United States, Asia, and several countries in Africa, as well as earlier documentary and vernacular photography. In many cases, these investigations have focused on portraiture, with particularly evocative self-representations used to question the social construction of identity. Other photographers have examined landscapes, the built environment, and public space, exposing the social and physical underpinnings that inform both collective and individual identities. All of these efforts reflect the ways in which visual forms and archival structures construct and reinforce social attitudes

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

The artists featured in the exhibition are: Vito Acconci, Dieter Appelt, Nobuyoshi Araki, Richard Avedon, Sammy Baloji, Oladélé Ajiboyé Bamgboyé, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Jodi Bieber, Karl Blossfeldt, Bernhard and Anna Blume, Candice Breitz, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Samuel Fosso, Manuel García Fernández, David Goldblatt, Lars C. Henrichsen, Pieter Hugo, Seydou Keïta, Errol H. Kemper, Hiroh Kikai, Shohachi Kimura and Yoshikazu Suzuki, Jürgen Klauke, Sabelo Mlangeni, Duane Michals, Santu Mofokeng, Daido Moriyama, Zanele Muholi, Eadweard Muybridge, Grace Ndiritu, Andrew Putter, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Jo Ractliffe, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, August Sander, Berni Searle, Accra Shepp, Stephen Shore, Malick Sidibé, Thomas Struth, Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse, Guy Tillim, Sue Williamson, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Yang Fudong, and Zhang Huan, as well as selections of late-nineteenth and early twentiethcentury portraits, albums, ethnographic and scientific studies, and vernacular photography.

Structures of Identity: Photography from The Walther Collection has been organized in collaboration with the Amparo Museum (Puebla, Mexico) and will remain open to the public from February 23 to June 3, 2018.

CURATORS: The Walther Collection and Simon Njami.

MUSEOGRAPHY: The Walther Collection.

GALLERIES: 6 to 11 | Top floor.

ON VIEW: From February 23 to June 3, 2018.

NUMBER OF WORKS: More than 500 | Photography and video.

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