Herejias - Pedro Meyer

Dear friends:

The moment has arrived, the opening of the HERESIES project in various parts of the world is finally here. Ok, I know I suggested we might be able to change a few paradigms along the way, but that did not include the financial collapse of markets, on a world wide basis. Trust me that was not in our program, I should have you know.

Financial Advisor

Financial Advisor
1987 © Pedro Meyer


In many ways opening these exhibitions of Heresies at this time will inevitably bring back to our minds, at some point in the future, these landmark days. We are thus inextricably tied to this moment. However there have been other moments in my life which have been likewise linked to seismic changes. The last one I can remember is when I started here in Mexico City, a two year seminar-workshop, called "El taller de los lunes" (The Monday Workshop), which had amongst the group some of the most important artistic talents of that generation, judging by what all of them were able to accomplish over the years. Well, that workshop coincided in its opening moments with the earthquake of 1985, which killed tens of thousands of people and left more than one hundred thousand homeless. And if I look further back, I only have to go so far as the moment when I was born, in the middle of the Spanish Civil War and the outbreak of World War II.

In some ways, I believe we are living in a period where the word upheaval seems to be the norm, rather than the exception. However, life always seems to go on in one way or another. Dance clubs persisted under periods of bombings, and people had exhibitions or concerts, in the most dire of conditions. Art, as it should, is never going to be held hostage to outside circumstances, because after all it is an expression of our humanity.
Grandma's Picture
Grandma's Picture
1987 / 1998 © Pedro Meyer


So with my humble recognition that these are not necessarily the best of times to be in a festive mood about anything, I hope that my work nonetheless will allow for some introspection and sharing with that part of us we all have in common, and that is our humanity. Photography seen outside of our own humanity is, as I view it, meaningless.

Best regards,
Pedro Meyer

PS: I had offered to write in this letter about the book of Heresies that has just came out, I hope you understand that I decided to address that topic at another time.


The Unconventional Gaze

The Unconventional Gaze
1974 © Pedro Meyer

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