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Documentary Testimonials

Monday, 10 March 2014 23:22 Written by Source: MILENIO Cultura • February 11 2011 — Diego Castillo    
Born in Chihuahua in 1956 but a resident of Pachuca since the 1980s, Alicia Ahumada is a self-taught photographer. Her work comes across as a multicolored, open-air dance celebrating the senses. These images were taken during one of the artist's regular journeys, through the Rocky Mountains in the United States, the El Chico National park, the Mezquital Valley in Hidalgo State and Banff, Canada, where she completed a residency in 2005.
 
Ahumada worked at the Photographic Library of the INAH (National Anthropology and History Institute) and has held approximately 20 individual and collective exhibitions in Mexico and abroad. She has received scholarships from FONCA (National Fund for Culture and the Arts) and her photographs feature in collections of the Margolis Foundation, Tucson, the Havana Photographic Library, Cuba and the Banamex Cultural Center.
 
Like several other accomplished artists, Ahumada strives to produce impeccable essays ranging from documentary testimonials to direct intervention in traditional printing, and more recently an exploration into the digital sphere.
 
Her career began with artist Nacho López, and she later worked alongside the influential Mariana Yampolsky. Her photographic printing has received significant recognition nationally and internationally, for example in galleries in Arizona and the Houston Fotofest.
 
Ahumada collaborated in founding the National Photographic Library in Pachuca. She has been granted scholarships by the Hidalgo State Fund for Culture and the Arts, and the National Council for Culture and the Arts.
 
Her photographs have been published in the magazine Luna córnea and several books, such as Between Worlds: Contemporary Mexican Photography. She also published Barranca de Metztitlán in 2002.

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