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Opening “Zoe Leonard. Al río / To the River”





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Over three decades Zoe Leonard (b. 1961, Liberty, New York) has gained critical acclaim for her work. Rooted in photography, Leonard’s practice extends to spatial installation and sculpture. Her art is above all the result of a finely honed observation, in which the documentary approach of photography combines with the physical and bodily act of looking. Migration and displacement, gender and sexuality, mourning and loss, cultural history and the tensions between the natural world and human-built environments are recurring themes in her work.

This exhibition premieres Al río / To the River, a large-scale photographic work begun in 2016 which takes the Rio Grande, as it is named in the United States, or Río Bravo, as it is named in Mexico, as its subject. Leonard photographed along the 2,000 kilometres where the river is used to demarcate the boundary between the Republic of Mexico and the United States of America, following the river from the border cities of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, to the Gulf of Mexico.

On the occasion of the opening, a limited number of publications, accompanying the exhibition and signed by the artist, will be available at the Mudam Store.

Black and white photography of the Rio Grande.
Al río / To the River (detail), 2016-2022 Approximately 500 gelatin silver prints, 40 C-prints and 40 inkjet prints Exhibition Copy, Ed. of 3 + 1 AP
© Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Gisela Capitain and Hauser & Wirth Production of Al río / To the River supported by Mudam Luxembourg, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Galerie Gisela Capitain and Hauser & Wirth