Kate Greenberg

Janelle Lynch: Los Jardines de Mexico

Los Jardines de México

Texts by José Antonio Aldrete-Haas and Mario Bellatín

Radius Books is pleased to announce the release of Los Jardines de México (July 2011), featuring photographs by Janelle Lynch and texts by José Antonio Aldrete-Haas and Mario Bellatín.

The photographs in Los Jardines de México explore themes related to the life cycle and representations thereof in the urban and rural landscape. Lynch spent five years working on the photographs that encompass this monograph. For three of the five years, Lynch lived in Mexico City where she became familiar with the city and its landscape, gardens, and rich traditions. The book is comprised of four series––three from Mexico City and one from Chiapas––each series investigates a specific facet of existence: loss, death, regeneration, and life.

Los Jardines de México begins with the series El Jardín de Juegos, which highlights the relics of a children’s playground conquered by nature and neglect. The following series Donde Andaba focuses on wild plants that grow out of the urban infrastructure and architecture, and explores the age-old tradition of man versus nature. In the series Akna (the Mayan goddess of birth and fertility or “mother” in Mayan), Lynch delves deep into a nature preserve to capture and anthropomorphize dormant tree stumps in a state of regeneration. In the final series, La Fosa Común, Lynch beautifully photographs the vegetation in a century-old common grave at different stages of the life cycle.

Lynch’s keen awareness of her subject and graceful eye creates photographs that explore notions of loss and death all the while celebrating life and its intricate beauty.

The release of the publication coincides with several exhibitions worldwide. They include: Museo Archivo de la Fotografía, Mexico City, Mexico, on view through May 15, 2011; Galería 3 Punts, Barcelona, Spain, September–October, 2011; the Photographic Resource Center, Boston, USA, November 29, 2011–February 5, 2012; and Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin, Germany, Spring 2012.

Janelle Lynch grew up in Jamestown, NY and is based between Barcelona and New York City. She received her MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1999. Lynch’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the collections of the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; the Fundación Vila Casas, Barcelona, Spain; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Salta, Argentina; and the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California.

José Antonio Aldrete-Haas is an architect, urban planner, landscape designer, sculptor, and writer based in Mexico City. His most recent book, La Reconstrucción del Paraíso, was published in 2009. José Antonio Aldrete-Haas, the Invisible in Architecture, a book about his architectural work and gardens, was published in 2005. Aldrete-Haas is currently finishing a sculpture park museum in the desert of San Luis Potosi.

Mario Bellatín is a Mexican writer of more than thirty books, including Salón de Bellaza. In 2002, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2008, he won the Mexican National Prize for Literature for El Gran Vidrio. Bellatín is currently working on Los Treinta Mil Libros de Bellatín.

Book Details:
11 × 14 inches
80 pages
41 color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-934435-31-1

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