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Photographic Tertullian XVI: Deborah Turbeville

By Flor Acosta

Deborah Tuberville

“A woman must have a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
Virginia Wolf

In how many rooms is Deborah Turbeville’s eye still living? Someplace in New York, Versailles, Saint Petersburg, Guatemala, or perhaps San Miguel de Allende?

Photographic Tertulia XVI/
Tertulia Fotográfica XVI
Tue, Sep 30, 6pm
Centro Cultural “El Nigromante”
Hernández Macías 75
Free entrance

We know that when we create photography, we forge it with a dialogue between the glance and the imagination. It is the eye of Deborah Turbevlle that digs into spaces that whisper stories, is taken away by textures with the scent of loss, dips into nostalgia turning into ideal atmospheres, is there where beauty and silence conclude their dialogue and the fashion shots were done by the photographer.

That’s how Turbeville did a large number of editorial shots, such as the bathhouse in 1975 for Vogue magazine, where models were more than mere clothing mannequins. They became sculptures living in the emptiness. On the other hand, the same contemplative eye takes us through an anthropological visual dream on El Viaje de la Virgen de la Candelaria (The Journey of Our Lady of the Candelaria), in which the author delivers feminine beauty which is a true statement against the stereotypes for male consumption.

Both worlds are culturally so distant from each other (the high fashion and the indigenous woman), yet they are a very singular visual expression, bound by the irreverent photographic proposal against the submission to the orthodox photography canons.

At the Photographic Tertullia XVI, we will be able to listen several points of view around Deborah Turbeville’s photographic work, to be held at the majestic Cultural Center Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante” located at Hernández Macías 75. On September 30 at 6pm. We appreciate you being punctual.


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