Mexican images

The exhibition consists of a selection of photographs taken by Lars Svanström during his extended visits to and travels throughout Mexico from 1969 onwards. The photographs focus in particular on the many festivals of Mexico and how these are celebrated in small towns and villages.

The exhibition ran from Autumn 2011 until Spring 2012.

The exhibition shows all major religious festivals such as Easter, with its direct origin in the conquest as well as other festivals influenced by local Native American traditions or of a Mexican or syncretistic origin such as the Guadalupe Day honouring the Virgin Guadalupe. Another festival captured by Lars Svanström is the national holiday 'The Day of the Dead', an amalgamation of All Saints Day and other Hispanic celebrations and for many Mexicans, the most important festival of all.

The photographs were not organised chronologically or according to festival but were intended as a mosaic of shapes, colour and people so as to give the viewer an insight into this multifaceted land of culture and its people.

The photographs were taken from 1969 to 2011 with emphasis put on the periods 1969-1978 and 2003-2011 when Lars Svanström visited the states of Chiapas, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Mexico, Michoacán, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Oaxaca and Mexico City.