Rodrigo Cervantes Ramirez

Un domingo en la Alameda (A Saturday in Alameda)
From the series El amor en los tiempos de la influenza (Love in the time of influenza)
Photomontage
20 x 16”
2010
Work in Exhibition:

Un domingo en la Alameda (A Saturday in Alameda)
From the series El amor en los tiempos de la influenza (Love in the time of influenza)
Photomontage
20 x 16”
2010
(Close-up above)

Viva el Bicentenario! (Viva the Bicentenary!)
From the series El amor en los tiempos de la influenza (Love in the time of influenza)
Photomontage
20 x 16”
2010
(Both images are shown in gallery view)

Love in the time of the influenza 

If it’s a virus created in a laboratory and scattered in a place and specific moment with political and economic ends, or a strategy of the pharmaceutical industry or a simple deformation of a pig virus, the truth is that the influenza affects us. If we believed that HIV, which generalized the use of condoms, was a barrier to making love, we still don’t know what the consequences are with this and other viruses in human relationships; not only for their real effects, but also for the collective psychosis they provoke. 

How can we love each other in a time where you cannot even touch? Will we end up making love with covered mouths and latex gloves? In the future, will we have to wrap up completely in plastic to be able to play and make love with the person we want? In a time of cybernetic love and sex by web cam, will we end up not having any physical contact?  

Love in the time of the Influenza wants us to meditate on these topics, proposing the opposite of the virus: a coming together of people through an exhibition that invites us to the debate and also a means to unveil the beauty of Mexico City to the world with the desire to counteract the negative image that was created by the Mass Media in April 2009. Discrimination and rejection of Mexicans in the exterior were some of the secondary effects, besides strong economic impacts and a drop in national tourism. Without a doubt, Mexico suffered a shock that changed something in people's conscience. We will have to decide if this change will serve to unite humans or separate them even more.

--Rodrigo Cervantes Ramirez