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The Developed vs. Developing Worlds
By Quail Bell Social Butterfly
Salvadorean-American shutterbug, José "Tito" Henriquez, Jr. will be displaying his photos at the Virginia Center for Latin American Art in Richmond tomorrow. Here's the official description of his show, Al Estar Vivo, which explores memory, geography, politics and more:
Tito's work explores the complexity of the relationship between photographer and subject and the socially and psychologically charged spaces they inhabit together. Recipient of a VCU Travel Grant, Tito traveled with his grandfather, Filadelfo Martinez Martinez, back to their hometown in El Salvador, where Tito turned his eye to the expansive geography and familial landscapes that formed the backdrop of life there. While questioning romanticized notions of the "Developed World" and "Developing World," the foreground of Al Estar Vivo renders the subjective quality of the cross-generational bond of a grandfather, his grandson and the community out of which they grew in a tender naturalism. Tito's grandfather passed away on Dec. 26, 2013. He was 71 years old. This show is dedicated to his memory.