In 2011 in Arles, throughout multiple projects turns out a representation of a Republic fought for and obtained and of a quite lively democracy:
With the support of the Televisa Foundation of Mexico an exhibition brings together vintage photographs from the Mexican Revolution (1910), the defining moment in modern documentary photography. A very fine retrospective of work by Graciela Iturbide has been set up with the help of the Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid and the curator Marta Dahó.
Arles and Mexico are linked by long-standing friendship. After a visit to Arles, Pedro Meyer returned to Mexico City where he founded the Centro de la Imagen, which has become the place of reference for Latin-American photographers. When Manuel Alvarez Bravo was asked to create a photograph collection for the Televisa Foundation, he approached many photographers at the first Rencontres, then directed by Lucien Clergue. The Televisa Foundation also presents the work of the late Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, initially planned for the Conciergerie in Paris.
At the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939, when France was on the point of caving in to demands from the new Spanish regime, Mexican President Lazaro Cardenas saved Spanish Republicans imprisoned by the French police in the camp at Argelès by evacuating them to Mexico. The suitcase full of Spanish Civil War negatives by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David (Chim) Seymour found its way to that same Mexican democracy. It has been exhibited here for the first time in Europe after a first exhibition at the International Center of Photography, New York, this winter. Trisha Ziff, the person responsible for the retrieval of the treasure, is showing her moving film about the adventures of that suitcase at the opening of the Rencontres at the Théâtre Antique.