Reveal and Detonate (Develar y Detonar): Contemporary Mexican Photography

October 28, 2017 - June 17, 2018

Mint Museum Uptown


Develar y Detonar (Reveal and Detonate) features the powerful, thought-provoking work of more than 40 of Mexico’s leading photographers.

This not-to-be-missed exhibition examines the wide range of approaches that these photographers use to explore subjects, ranging from their own personal histories and relationships to their engagement with the country’s diverse landscape to pressing social and political issues ranging from land use, drug trade, and immigration to beauty, sexuality, and gender. Ranging in size from a few inches across to floor-to-ceiling murals, some of these works are highly formal; others make a play for sheer beauty; still others are manipulated or staged to instill a sense of magic and wonder. Develar y detonar promises to open an engaging dialogue around the power of photography to both document and question many aspects of modern life, examining issues that are not isolated to residents of Mexico but that stretch across cultures and borders, connecting us all.

This exhibition is drawn from the Televisa Foundation’s rich collection of contemporary art; after having been seen in Madrid and Mexico City, The Mint Museum’s presentation marks its U.S. debut. Develar y Detonar is also the central exhibition in a community-wide initiative celebrating Mexican photography titled In Focus/Enfoque, which involves many arts and cultural organizations across Charlotte this fall.

This exhibition explores a wide range of important topics including: personal histories, cultural traditions, environmental concerns, the effects of violence, changing ideas about gender and sexuality, and new approaches to the medium of photography. Visitors may find some subject matter challenging.

Reveal and Detonate (Develar y Detonar): Contemporary Mexican Photography is organized and circulated by Televisa Foundation, Hydra Photography, and Centro de la Imagen. It is presented to the Charlotte community with support from Bank of America.

This exhibition is part of In focus/Enfoque. As a major supporter of arts and culture across the region, Bank of America led the planning, collaboration, and funding of In Focus/Enfoque. The Arts & Science Council is supporting collaborative community engagement and programming efforts. For details, visit

Enfoque was named the year’s Top Moment in Charlotte Arts by Charlotte Magazine.

Esta exhibición es organizada y puesta en circulación por la Fundación Televisa, Fotografía Hydra, y el Centro de la Imágen. Es presentada a la comunidad de la ciudad de Charlotte gracias al apoyo de Bank of America.

Esta exhibición es parte de In Focus / Enfoque. Como patrocinador principal de las artes y la cultura a través de la región, Bank of America lideró el planeamiento, la colaboración y el financiamiento de In Focus/Enfoque. La coordinación educativa y comunitaria es liderizada por el Arts & Science Council.

Esta exhibición explora una variedad amplia de temas que incluyen: historias personales, tradiciones culturales, preocupación por el medio ambiente, efectos de la violencia, ideas cambiantes sobre el género y la sexualidad, y nuevas perpectivas en el ámbito de la fotografía. Personas visitando el museo puede que encuentren algunos temas fuertes.

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