The following images have been selected from Joaquin Trujillo’s photography series; Los Niños.
Trujillo’s photographic canon in its entirety demonstrates a deep-rooted fascination with traditional Mexican folklore and symbolisms. Trujillo was raised in a small town on the outskirts of Zacatecas. At the age of 12 he left Mexico for America, sharing a one bedroom apartment in Los Angeles with his brothers. Since then he has often returned to his parent’s ranch, adopting a nomadic stability as he travels back and forth between his Brooklyn home and his Mexican homeland. His fascination and attraction for the vibrant colours and the rich heritage of his home country continue to permeate his artistic work, bringing a distinctive sense of proud nostalgia to his images. While many artists use photography to capture snapshots of the present, Trujillo uses his practice to reconstruct the past: remembering it, commemorating it, keeping it alive. His fierce love of colour and patterns emphasizes the dichotomy between his heritage and his artistic education, spread between two distinctive places and times.
Los Niños is a collection of portraits of Joaquin Trujillo’s young nephews and nieces. When Trujillo was a child, his mother would prepare his family for these elaborate occasions, dressing the children in carefully selected clothes and grooming their hair. These photos came to represent family pride and tradition, a sentiment which Trujillo has attempted to continue with his own art. Each of the portraits act as a visual testament not only to the beauty and dignity of the depicted individual but also to elegance of the portrayed culture, which romantically values grace, style and valour.
Joaquin Trujillo is currently based in Brooklyn.
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