Lance Richardson Writer & Photographer


LANCE FLYERv1 Exhibitions

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.

The exhibition ran until 8 August, with a packed out opening and favourable reviews from Strobed and Concrete Playground.

More photographs of the exhibition opening by Georgia Blackie.

Special thanks to Ed Woodley at China Heights and One of a Kind Media Group.