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“Nudes” by Gerardo Nigenda

Oaxaca, September 2007

In the act of photographing the nude female body for the documentary Whispers of Lights by Alberto Resendiz, Nigenda reflected on how tact is another way of looking. In the texts from this series the sensations of that subtle bodily contact between two people who do not see one another but feel reciprocally are perceived, in a tactile exploration—going from head to foot—of a woman waiting to be seen.

The arrangement of the braille in this series is the most complex of any of Nigenda’s work. In these pieces he not only breaks with the linear layout of the writing he also fragments the words on separate lines, he writes from right to left or he mixes horizontal and vertical writing.

Gerardo Nigenda (Mexico City, 1967 – Oaxaca, 2010) began photographing in 1999 at the age of thirty-two. He used a Yashika pocket camera given to him by North American documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark.

His work has participated in group and one-man shows in Mexico, Spain, the United States, Russia and Ecuador within such showing spaces as the California Museum of Photography, the Manuel Álvarez Bravo Photography Center, the Center for the Image, the University of the Cloister of Sor Juana and the Latin American Department of Social Sciences-Quito, among others. In 2008, his work participated in Spain’s ONCE Foundation Biennial of Contemporary Art II. His work is in the collection of this organization and that of the archives of the Center for the Image.

He gave the Workshop for Non-Visual Perception in different states of Mexico.

Nigenda became blind at age 25.