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Mexican photographers create their own portrait of Mexico in the 21st Century at the IDB Cultural Center

An exhibition honoring Mexico, site of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank, in Cancun (March 2010), opens in Washington at the Gallery of the IDB Cultural Center on March 1st. The exhibit will be on display until April 30, 2010.

The challenges and expectations about the future in Mexico, as interpreted by the work of 24 photographers is entitled, Mexico 2010: A Vision of the 21st Century.

Twenty-six selected photographs from more than two hundred entries submitted to the 2009 IDB Cultural Center Open Call for Mexican Photographers will be on the exhibit. The photographic survey looks at the perceptions among visual artists in Mexico, given the realities and challenges facing their nation in the first decade of the new century.

The winners are: Eric Scibor Rylski (First Prize), Guillermo Castillo Ramírez (Second Prize), Dulce Pinzón (Third Prize), Alán Gerardo González Ruvalcaba (Honorable Mention), and César Rodríguez Zavala (Honorable Mention).

Jurors included Alejandra de la Paz (Mexico), Director of the Cultural Institute of Mexico, in Washington, D.C.; María Leyva (United States), Director of the Art Museum of the Americas (OAS); and Francesco Lanzafame (Italy), IDB Cultural Patrimony Specialist. Their decision was based on visual impact and originality of the photography submitted, in keeping with the competition’s underlying thematic content and concept.

The exhibition will be presented also in Cancun during the IDB Annual Meeting.

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