Graciela Iturbide

Heliotropo 37 is the first large exhibition devoted to Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide in France, presented at the Fondation Cartier from February 12 to May 29, 2022. The exhibition will include over 200 works from the 1970s to the present day. On view will also be a new series of color photographs, exclusive to the exhibition, in 2021 shot in Tecali, Mexico. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue that includes interviews with the artist.

Itrubide (b. 1942) studied film and received a doctorate in romance literatures from Université Paris-Sorbonne in 1982 and thereafter worked at a literary magazine under Octavio Paz in addition to working as a translator and literary critic. She received the Águila Azteca Medal from the Mexican government and is a member of the Chilean  Academy of Language.

Her body of work is influenced by the acclaimed Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo, who asked her to be his mentor after Itrubide took his film class. Itrubide’s subject matter often deals with Mexican indigenous cultures in Mexico and elsewhere.

Cristina tomando fotos, White Fence, East L.A, Estados Unidos  •  1986

Cristina tomando fotos, White Fence, East L.A, Estados Unidos

Silver gelatin print

1986  •  © Graciela Iturbide. Image courtesy of Fondation Cartier.

Benarés, India  •  2000

Benarés, India

Silver gelatin print

2000  •  © Graciela Iturbide. Image courtesy of Fondation Cartier.

Desierto de Sonora , México  •  1979

Desierto de Sonora , México

Silver gelatin print

1979  •  © Graciela Iturbide. Image courtesy of Fondation Cartier.

Mujer zapoteca, Tonalá, Oaxaca  •  1974

Mujer zapoteca, Tonalá, Oaxaca

Silver gelatin print

1974  •  © Graciela Iturbide. Image courtesy of Fondation Cartier.