Signed in ink, below image lower right corner: Graciela Inturbide
The Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide began photographing the people of Juchitán, Oaxaca, in 1979 and spent nearly a decade picturing the city and its inhabitants. Drawn to Juchitán by the traditional social prominence of its women, she presents visions of women’s lives in the matriarchal Zapotec society. In this image, a woman carrying firewood through the adobe tombs of a cemetery is swarmed by tiny swallows. Iturbide’s interest in Mexico’s syncretic religious practices is here exemplified by her attention to the unique architecture of the cemetery and her dramatic rendition of the scene.
Eduardo Cadava and Gabriela Nouzeilles, The Itinerant Languages of Photography (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Art Museum; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013).
"Acquisitions of the Art Museum 1999," Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University 59, no. 1/2 (2000): p. 70-101.
Graciela Iturbide, Images of the Spirit (New York: Aperture Foundation, 1996).