To anyone interested in analyzing why it is interesting and
important to undertake cultural projects of a global nature.
The first thought crossing one’s mind
is that we live in an age of globalization and as a result,
now is the time to undertake global projects. In fact, this
age makes it possible for these projects to be simpler to carry
out, to help produce forums of cultural exchange inviting a
dialogue that earlier would have been difficult to have. This
lecture attempts to analyze what determines the interest and
importance of fostering this type of cultural exchange.
the Heresies project as an example. This project proposed to:
produce an Internet database with the more than 300,000 photos
that Pedro Meyer has produced throughout his career. Twenty
curators were invited to choose a theme. They edited and curated
a selection that made it possible to better understand diverse
subjects in Meyer’s work. From these
curated sections, about 1000 photos were chosen, which were
offered to 60 museums that were invited to participate. Each
museum could choose between 10 to 100 images, depending on
the space they had available. These photos were printed in
Pedro Meyer’s studio in Mexico City and were sent to
the museums. They will frame and exhibit them, and later
will add them to their respective collections.
Heresies is a
fairly large retrospective, the largest ever on a single
photographer. It will be exhibited in 60 museums on four
different continents, in ten countries in Latin America,
six in Asia, six in Europe and Australia. This exhibition
will be displayed in 23 countries that will make it possible
to see Meyer’s work, much of which has not been published.
In addition, the idea is to encourage an ongoing dialogue
on many subjects important to photography.
What is interesting
about this project is that its development was made possible
thanks to the Internet. Through pedromeyer.com, many elements
were organized online and others by phone or e-mail. None
of the curators from museums, and not even Pedro Meyer himself,
had to travel to meet or organize the project.
It is remarkable
to analyze how the vision of a Mexican photographer will reach
22 countries making it possible to discuss the extent of similarities
and differences between cultures. Taking into account that
photography is a global medium and that Mexican photography
employs tools with technologies from other countries, the medium
records a way of seeing, that of photographer, and a way of
being, that of the photographed. What is interesting is what
is communicated and how different cultures understand this.
Heresies makes it possible to propose the idea of projects that may
be carried out at the same time in different geographical locations
to see what happens, what dialogue is generated, what learning
is contributed to the public, the photographer, and the museums.
It is a project that makes us consider how technology can be
used to bring distant and distinct individuals and places into
play, it spurs us to think that now nothing is far away.
is another example of a global project in another style. Because
it is on the Web, it generates an ongoing visual and written
dialogue between individuals of highly diverse cultural backgrounds
that is always alive and timeless.
We live in an age inviting
us to engage in dialogue stemming from technological advances.
The other is no longer the neighbor, but rather the other I
don’t know; I can’t imagine
how he lives and thinks, but I have the possible key to recognizing
him and myself through him by means of technology. The media
encourages us to see we are all different, while inviting
us to celebrate this difference. It also invites us to see
we are all the same in some ways and to celebrate that as
About an hour.
A historian, researcher, curator or photographer.
A video projector and computer, depending on the speaker’s