Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002
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The Labyrinth Deciphered (The Vice)/[Laberinto Descifrado (El Vicio)]
Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)
Gelatin silver print
17.6 x 24.3 cm (6 15/16 x 9 9/16 in.)
© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC
Manuel Alvarez Bravo often used young women to represent abstract qualities such as virtue and vice. In this image, a young girl stands with her arms raised amid tobacco leaves that have been hung to dry under a cabana's thatched roof. The image's title, The Labyrinth Deciphered (The Vice), discloses an unacknowledged moral failure, namely, society's exploitation of child labor. While the double exposure conveys the idea of repetitive movement, the girl's upward sweeping gesture suggests a desire for deliverance from an injust fate.
Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Recuerdo de unos años (September 22 to December 6, 1992)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), September 22 to December 6, 1992
Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Optical Parables (November 13, 2001 to February 9, 2003)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 13, 2001 to February 17, 2002
- Museo Nacional de Arte, (Mexico City), March 14 to June 2, 2002
- Walker Art Center, (Minneapolis), November 10, 2002 to February 9, 2003
Academia de Artes. Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexico: Academia de Artes, 1980) p. 33.