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The Labyrinth Deciphered (The Vice)
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© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Mexican, 1932
Gelatin silver print
6 15/16 x 9 9/16 in.
92.XM.23.14

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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.