In this preview from the ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 7 episode, "Investigation," artist Graciela Iturbide describes her approach to photography, as illustrated by her series, "Frida's Bathroom" (2005–06). Shown from La Casa Azul at Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City in 2013, the artist recalls photographing artist Frida Kahlo's bathroom after being granted permission by the director of Museo Frida Kahlo. "I am not a Frida maniac," says the artist. "Despite her suffering, she painted. And this is what I admire."
For Graciela Iturbide, the camera is just a pretext for knowing the world. Her interest, she says, lies in what her eyes see and what her heart feels—what moves her and touches her. Although she has produced studies of landscapes and culture in India, Italy, and the Unites States, her principal concern has been the exploration and investigation of Mexico—her own cultural environment—through black-and-white photographs of landscapes and their inhabitants, abstract compositions, and self-portraits.
Learn more about the artist at:www.art21.org/artists/graciela-iturbide
Season 7 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), beginning with the "Investigation" episode.
Learn more about Season 7 at:www.art21.org/season7