In August 2010, Lance Richardson presented his first solo photography exhibition – de MéXICO – in conjunction with China Heights Gallery in Surry Hills, Sydney.
Mexico exists across borders. In popular Western culture is it always an Other – over there, over the wall, outside regulated social conventions. In San Diego: work and reward. In Tijuana: licentiousness and ruin. Prescription drugs loom large in this picture, but what is Mexico, really – this idea of Mexico – but a drug itself? The fortunate wallow in their fortune by denigrating a wicked, undeserving neighbor. This is not an American illusion. We are all party to this imaginary Mexico.
These photographs take a tentative step in another direction. Shot around the country – desert ghost town, urban metropolis, the border, Caribbean tourist utopia – they aim to refigure an increasingly black and white national portrait by etching in a little of the grey. Or, more appropriately, the color. No piñatas, no fetishized poverty, and by no means an exhaustive project, Lance sees this as an opportunity to correct a myopic view of a fascinating land.
More photographs of the exhibition opening by Georgia Blackie.
Special thanks to Ed Woodley at China Heights and One of a Kind Media Group.