Celebrating Lourdes Grobet. Laboratorio de Teatro Campesino e Indígena: medio siglo de historia
Celebrate Mexico Now pays homage to the late Mexican photographer Lourdes Grobet by presenting the last two projects she completed before her passing. This tribute presents Laboratorio de Teatro Campesino e Indígena: medio siglo de historia (Indigenous and Country Theatre Laboratory: Half a Century of History, 2022), a book she developed and photographed for over 30 years. Grobet’s daughter and son, Ximena and Juan Cristóbal Pérez Grobet will share valuable insight into their mother’s creative process and their experience as collaborators on these projects.
About the Book
The Laboratorio de Teatro Campesino e Indígena: A Half Century of History, from Lourdes Grobet, is a book that maps the trajectory and experiences of a communitarian, mass, indigenous, and rural theatre, operating across Mexico since 1983, and a posthumous homage to its founder, María Alicia Martínez Medrano. In accordance with its beginnings and objectives, the LTCI has offered to many marginalized communities, the instruments to develop, value and enjoy their own artistic language, traditions, theatricality and the integration of their rituals into this language with a profound sense of dignity. This volume traces the group’s history through critical essays alongside photos by Lourdes Grobet.
Arles 2023 Historical Book Award Winner.
Published by Editorial RM
Lourdes Grobet (1940-2022) was born in Mexico City and studied visual arts under the mentorship of Mathias Goeritz, Kati Horna, and Gilberto Aceves Navarro. Grobet eventually discovered photography and started experimenting with the medium, which eventually led her to study graphics and photography at the Cardiff College of Art in Wales. Upon her return to Mexico in the late 1970s and following her drive to work from a community-based perspective, Grobet joined collectives such as Club Fotográfico de México (Mexican Photography Club), Grupo Proceso Pentágono and the Consejo Mexicano de Fotografía (Mexican Photography Council). One of the photographer’s most distinctive projects was capturing lucha libre (freestyle wrestling), including iconic wrestler El Santo. Grobet also created in theater, film, and video and that work can be found in collections and museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City and the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.
This event is presented in partnership with NYU/ Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies with additional promotional support by Grupo Miztli