Photographic stories full of intrigue haunt the walls of The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, thanks to the Bank of America initiative, In Focus/Enfoque. The exhibit is bringing works from more than 50 Mexican and American artists to Charlotte museums and galleries through June 2018, giving visitors a glimpse into small towns, churches and the people of Mexico. Among the diversity-angled exhibits are the Bechtler’s “Paul Strand in Mexico” and “Maestros Mexicanos de la Fotografia Moderna.”
Museum curator Jennifer Edwards wants In Focus/Enfoque visitors to leave the Bechtler exhibits understanding photography, and photographs, are merely manipulations of a moment and not total truth and to begin to think about the relationship with a photographer and the sitter.
People assume a truth in photography that’s never there. Photographers construct a narrative of their culture.”
Instead of simply believing exactly what a photographer wants us to believe, Edwards wants to open a dialogue about how we view the world and how it’s easily skewed based on what we see; our eyes dictate how our perspective is constructed.
The exhibits are located on several floors of the Bechtler and will also include films produced during the 20th and 21st centuries throughout various regions of Mexico. All photography captions are in Spanish and English, as are the descriptions throughout the venue.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202