Graciela Iturbide (1942 - )

Tecali, Puebla (2011)

Silver gelatin photograph on paper
height: 18cm
width: 17.8cm

Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund and the PINTA Museums Acquisitions Programme 2011-2012


Tecali (de Herrera) is the name of a town in Mexico in the state of Puebla where Iturbide has taken a number of photographs. The word is from Nahuatl, the official language of the Aztecs, which is still spoken today by two million Mexicans today. From the Nahuatl, via Spanish, we have the words chocolate (xocolatl) tomato (tomatl) and avocado (from ahuacatl). Tecali is derived from teo-calli, meaning ‘sacred/god (teo) house (calli)’ or temple. This photograph appears to show some kind of water tank, whose opaque water lends Iturbide’s reflected self-portrait an even softer quality.

(Display caption from the exhibition Mexican Migrations, 2013)

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