Livia Corona May 17, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mexico.
Livia Corona (b.1975, Mexico) is a graduate of Art Center College of Design and a recent Guggenheim Fellow. Corona’s photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her photography and texts have been featured in numerous publications. Corona was winner of the Architecture Category of the Sony World Photography Award in Cannes, winner of the Architecture Category of the Paris Prix de la Photographie, a finalist for ING’s REAL Photography Award in Rotterdam and nominated by the jury of the Lucie Awards in New York as “International Photographer of the Year. Her books include: Of People and Houses (HDA, Austria, 2009) and Enanitos Toreros (PowerHouse Books, New York, 2008). She lives in New York and Mexico City.
About the Photograph:
“Since 2006, through my project “Two Million Homes for Mexico” I’ve explored the circumstances related to massive housing developments in Mexico. In remote, agrarian lands throughout the country, from 2000 to this date, almost three million nearly identical homes have been built in groups of 100 to 80,000. When driving through these neighborhoods, one sees endless rows of 100 to 200 square foot homes where constructions have reduced what is actual community building to the mere construction of housing. This type of urbanization prototype, now prevalent in Mexico, marks a profound change in the shaping of our experience as citizens of a broader world. In my photographs I am particularly interested in the effects of these neighborhoods as cultural backdrop, and their role in forming the perspective of the younger generations who live in these neighborhoods through key formative years. This photograph is of a neighborhood of over 47,000 nearly identical homes.”