FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Flesh Life: Sex in Mexico City
February 14- March 15, 2009
Opening reception: Saturday, February 14, 7 - 10 pm m
2121 San Fernando Road, Suite 3, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Web site, <http://www.drkrm.com/gallery.html>
Gallery hours, Tuesday Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday 1-4pm
Vicky in his hallway, Mexico City 1997 Joseph Rodríguez
drkrm.gallery is pleased to announce the first Los Angeles exhibition of Flesh Life: Sex in Mexico City, the work of New York-based photographer Joseph Rodríguez, from February 14 through March 15, 2009, with an opening reception on Saturday evening, February 14, from 7-10 p.m.
From Nezahualcoyotl, the largest working-class suburb on Earth, to La Condesa, Mexico City’s hipster hangout, putas and putos stroll the streets, cruising for johns and surviving on their wit, born out of true desperation. These men, women, and everyone in-between are sex-workers in a country where extra-marital sex is considered a mortal sin, and, confoundingly, where they ply their trade without official reprisal. In Mexico, macho husbands consort with other men, and virgencitas are anything but.
Joseph Rodríguez confronts these contradictions head-on in Flesh Life: Sex in Mexico City. In Rodríguez’s series of startlingly intimate black-and-white photographs we encounter a re-sexualized and re-spiritualized country in flux, embracing religious dogma while discarding taboos that once shrouded sex in a haze of artifice, euphemism, and history. Rodríguez’s beautiful and brutally honest images suggest a culture in which spirit and flesh have always been inextricably intertwined.
"Spirit, flesh: in the end the same quest, born of a crumbling economy and identity. The single most apparent sign is the proliferation in prostitution, an ‘outing’ of what has always existed, but furtively. The government has officially admitted that it is impossible to rein in the sex trade; Mexico City is not busy busting working women and men, but formulating legal and health guidelines for sex-workers." -- Rubén Martínez, Los Angeles based writer and Loyola Marymount University professor, from the introduction to the book Flesh Life: Sex in Mexico City
Internationally recognized photographer Joseph Rodríguez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, GQ, Newsweek, Esquire, and Der Spiegel. He has received awards and grants from the Open Society Institute, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, and New York State Foundation for the Arts. He was awarded Picture of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association in 1990, 1992, 1996, and 2002. Rodríguez teaches at New York University and the International Center of Photography.
In the Project Room: Philip Fagan The Business of Pleasure-New York City Brothels.
drkrm. gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to fine art and documentary photography, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes and the display and survey of popular cultural images.
Regular gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm. Sunday 1-4pm.
drkrm. is located at 2121 N. San Fernando Road, Suite 3 in the Capitol Studios Building in the Glassell Park section of Northeast Los Angeles, just minutes from Chinatown and down the road from The Brewery Art Complex. Drkrm. is about a mile from the San Fernando Road exit off the Glendale Freeway (Interstate 2) or the Figueroa Street Exit off the 110 N (Pasadena Freeway).