posted September 27, 2004

DePree Gallery Featuring Photography

The gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College is featuring the exhibition "Two Eyes on Mexico: Joséphine Sacabo and Mariana Yampolsky."

The exhibition features photographs from the Witliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography, Texas State University-San Marcos.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Joséphine Sacabo is a native of Laredo, Texas, and now lives and works mostly in New Orleans. She attended Bard College, New York and has worked extensively in France and England. Her earlier work was in the photo-journalistic tradition, influenced by Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

The series of Sacabo's work presented at Hope, "The Unreachable World of Susana San Juan," is in a very subjective, introspective style, drawing its inspiration from Juan Rulfo's novel "Pedro Paramo," a haunting tale of the lingering memories and ghosts of an abandoned rural town in Mexico.

Mariana Yampolsky was born near Chicago in 1925 and attended the University of Chicago in 1948. She first went to Mexico in 1944, and moved there a few years later, working as a printer and engraver with the Popular Graphics Arts Workshop and later as a photographer with the Ministry of Education, publishing a children's magazine series. A citizen of Mexico, she lived and worked there for the majority of her life. Yampolsky died in May of 2002 after a brief illness.

Yampolsky's series being displayed at Hope, "On the Edge of Time," hovers between the documentary and the lyrical as it celebrates the lives of the "gente" - the common people of Mexico.

The De Pree Art Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. Regular Gallery hours are Sunday-Monday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. The gallery is handicapped accessible.

The exhibition will continue through Friday, Oct. 22