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Memories in black and white

Manuel Alvarez Bravo, has brought together 50 photographs and 32 poems in a novel showcase that explores the connection between literature and art.

art and culture Updated: Apr 24, 2011 01:26 IST

A dialogue between the poetry of Nobel laureate and former Mexican ambassador to India Octavio Paz and the snapshots of Mexico captured by one of global pioneers of reality photography, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, has brought together 50 photographs and 32 poems in a novel showcase that explores the connection between literature and art.

Curated by Conrado Tostado, the cultural attache at the Mexican embassy, the two-and-a-half-month exhibition, In Light of Mexico, is the second in a series of shows to probe the cultural links between the Spanish-speaking nation and India.In Light of Mexico is based on a book, Instant and Revelations, that Manuel Alavarez Bravo and Paz published together in early 1980s. In it, Paz chose his poems and Bravo selected from his own collection of photographs to interpret the poetry.

Paz, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1990, was appointed ambassador to India in 1962 and spent six years in the country.

“During his tenure in India, Paz befriended several young artists aged between 18 and 30 years, despite the fact that he was 50. His poetry was coloured by vibrant and colourful images of Indian culture,” Tostado said.
The opening of the exhibition is roughly timed with the death anniversary of Octavio Paz, who passed away on April 19, 1998.

What’s up
What: An exhibition of photographs and poems that explore the connection between literature and art.
Where: Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road (near CP)

Nearest Metro station: Rajiv Chowk on the Yellow Line