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Miguel Calderón

Andrea Rosen Gallery

Who can blame Mexico City’s artists for making a habit of investigating their hometown in their work? At twenty million people and counting, theirs—as many an exhibition press release has stated—is a megalopolis of extremes, characterized by vast disparities in wealth, the aftereffects of colonialism, and changes wrought by NAFTA.

In Miguel Calderón’s “Forcing the Forces of Nature,” the hometown connection was less striking than in his earlier work, but it’s visible nonetheless. Calderón’s “Chapultepec” photo series (all works 2003) features picnickers in the eponymous park whom he asked to “play dead” at their picnic tables for his camera. The resulting photos merge B-movie horror tableaux, images of Jonestown, and Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe. The series “Secundaria” is made up of eight class portraits of private secondary school students. The children—some in dress and some in

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