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Hispanic Research Journal

Revista HispanismeS

Año: 2005 vol. 6 n. 1

Segre, Erica. The Hermeneutics of the Veil in Mexican Photography: of rebozos, sábanas, huipiles and lienzos de Verónica.  / La hermenéutica del velo en la fotografía mexicana: de rebozos, sábanas, huipiles y lienzos de Verónica p. 39-65 México


The veil's reiterated visibility in Mexican black and white photography is as multi-layered as its material trace is two-dimensional. As a perceptual conceit, the veil stretches to the periphrases of sacred speech and metaphysical exegesis, turning the commonplace cloth — the sábana, mantel, huipil and rebozo — into something meaningful through being overlooked. The interplay of presence and absence characterizes its formal entanglement with photography and pictorial art. Mexican photography's scenography of drapery and the veil seems haunted by the aposcopic gestures of a tradition of religious Christian painting in which 'sight' and its exertions were a central theme. This article does not promise to effect the unveiling of the veil in Mexican photography, but to enter imaginatively into a transaction with its locales and displays, so as to gauge the character of its continued fascination. The subject lends itself to a kind of interpretative torsion — a spiral turning against the platitudinous exhibition of identities. The article discusses work by Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, Héctor García, Mariana Yampolsky, Antonio Reynoso, Luis Márquez, Yolanda Andrade, Pedro Meyer, Tina Modotti, Graciela Iturbide, Rafael Doniz, Kati Horna, Bernice Kolko, Flor Garduño, and Francisco Mata Rosas. It revolves around four guiding threads suggested by titles and phrases related to the photographic material and its contexts: 1) La Verónica, 2) El rebozo nacional, 3) La ley de la sábana, 4) Huipil de tapar.

Velazco, Salvador. Rojo amanecer y La ley de Herodes: cine político de la transición mexicana. p. 67-80 México
Democratización / cine político


With the election of the opposition candidate, Vicente Fox, over the historical regime of the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) on 2 July 2002, Mexico took a significant step towards its transition to democracy. The defeat of the official party, which had ruled Mexico since 1929, was a product of a long struggle undertaken by several sectors of Mexican society. Political parties, social and cultural movements, and civil society at large, were key factors in achieving democratic change. This article seeks to analyse two essential films that shed light on the Mexican transition to democracy: Rojo amanecer (Jorge Fons, 1989), the first narrative film to deal with the Tlatelolco Massacre of 1968, and La ley de Herodes (Luis Estrada, 1999), a political farce about the corruption of the PRI government. These films not only prevailed against state censorship and boycotting attempts, but also galvanized civil society, the mass media, and the cinematographic community to strive for freedom of speech and acceleration of the process of democratization. These two films highlight the importance of the battles against State authoritarism waged by contemporary Mexican cinema.

Hispanic Research Journal
Papel | Versión digital con suscripción | 5 números al año desde 2007 | Reino Unido ISSN versión papel: 1468-2737
ISSN versión digital: 1745-820X
Año de creación: 2000

Editor: Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies at Queen Mary

Promueve y difunde la investigación de las culturas de la Península Ibérica y América Latina, desde la Edad Media hasta la actualidad. Los campos cubiertos incluyen la literatura y la teoría literaria, la historia cultural y los estudios culturales, el lenguaje y la lingüística, y estudios de cine y teatro. Publica artículos en cuatro idiomas, español, portugués, catalán, e inglés, y alienta, sobre todo a través de su sección de características, el debate y la interacción entre investigadores de todo el mundo que están trabajando en estos campos.
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