The Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, the El Paso Museum of History, the Centro Cultural Mexicano Paso del Norte, and "Border Heritage Magazine", present the photo exhibit "Ecosistema CDMX06050" by Jacob Prado. The exhibition will open on October 10th at 6:00 p.m., at the El Paso Museum of History, located at 510 N. Santa Fe St., El Paso, Texas, 79901.
After more than two decades of living in different cities in the US and Canada as a member of the Mexican Foreign Service, Prado returned to Mexico City (CDMX). Restless, with sharp perception and camera in hand, he rediscovered the huge amalgam of contrasts that characterize the city´s vigorous society.
Prado now lives in the Historic Downtown, a ZIP code (06050) where not only multiple social classes daily coexist, but also where there is an inescapable interdependence of a heterogeneous human ecosystem composed of segments of the Mexican population with very particular cultural characteristics that differentiate them from one another.
Among the many pieces of the polychrome mosaic of Mexico´s capital society, Prado captured images of dancers dressed in plumages that keep the country´s pre-Hispanic worldview alive; of adult men and women of traditional stamp, perhaps identified with conservative Western values; and of adolescents who, with a libertarian attitude, seek to externalize their identity through tattoos and piercings, which they use as an allegory of a personality that resists being alienated.
This exhibition was originally presented at Fundación Sebastian in Mexico City. In his presentation, the Mexican sculptor Sebastian pointed out:
“This photographic exhibition, a selection of the “Ecosistema 06050” collection, aims to be an x-ray of the place that the artist today identifies as his home: An abstract and vital image that goes beyond a logical explanation, with a lot of color as well as black and white. It is the portrait of a space where time seems to have stopped for centuries and, simultaneously, continues to shout its stories with the young and vibrant pride of when our Aztec ancestors chose this place to live and to transcend.”
As an important part of this event, the cover of the 24th edition of “Border Heritage Magazine” will be unveiled, which contains one of the most emblematic pictures of the exhibit.
Ambassador Jacob Prado
Ambassador Jacob Prado, author of "Ecosistema CDMX06050", was recently General Director of Protection for Mexicans Abroad at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations. He previously served as Consul General of Mexico in El Paso, where he developed his passion for photography by capturing images of the migratory birds that visit this binational region every year following the waterway of the Mexico-United States natural border, the Rio Grande