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El Casting.

Casting by Alessandra Baragiotta and Cristina Kennington. Texts by Ana Cadena and Victoria Fava. Boxes by Omar L. Mendoza.
Alejandro Cartagena, Monterrey, USA, 2020. In English. Unpaged,



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Unique Box with 30 analog transparencies, 1 poster and booklet.

"A beautiful woman steps into a classroom.  She is shy but enthused at the prospect of being looked at, not only by a dashing young art student, but by his highly acclaimed professor. Politely undressed by the elder, she promptly climbs on a makeshift pedestal and carefully strikes a pose. This scene from the 1955 film “La fuerza del deseo” was one of several to exhibit female nudity in Mexican cinema, a practice that would eventually gain traction, allowing the exposed female body to take its place in mainstream visual culture… The irony of women hired to construct a non-working, gendered identity for a parallel world displaying sexuality while simultaneously avoiding it is a baffling mental challenge. It reaffirms the fact that the body is a highly political object. A place where power is exercised. If we gaze hard enough at the 1950’s nudes featured in this book, it may be worthwhile noting the blonde dyes, the crafted poses, the indirect glances and the general rigidity in the hopes of understanding the centuries of toil so many men have undergone to obtain them”  — Ana Cadena Payton

"These negatives I bought, as I am buying all my vintage archives, through people who buy archives and resell them. Once I researched about the images, I found that the women in the images are famous actresses from the first 6 movies that included nudes in Mexico from 1955-1956. The archive I bought includes more images than are in this book (30) and so I contracted Alessandra and Cristina to select (cast) the 30 that would be in the book. They selected the same 28 images from 60+ and we three selected the extra 2 images. The book is a facsimile of the original box in which the negatives came. We then reproduced them as analog positive transparencies. The texts are by two artist researchers. The songs are from the movies themselves and the extracts of the script are from the 6 movies. The box also comes with the promo poster of 1 of the 6 movies." — Alejandro Cartagena


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