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"The walls are the publishers of the poor."—Eduardo Galeano

You may not know the names Leticia and Stanislas Poniatowski, but these collectors own the most important private collection of Latin American Photography in the world. Major works from their collection will be part of the ICP’s new exhibition, Urbes Mutantes (Mutant Cities), opening on Saturday here in New York.

This show, featuring over 200 images, draws from photographers across the continent, exploring the city as nexus between society’s cultural and political forces. Curator Alexis Fabry writes, "As the 20th century progressed, amidst struggles for social justice and in defense of democracy and freedom, the city became a setting for uprisings and revolutions. Images became as important as the stories covering the events that shaped these Latin American nations.” 

My ignorance of Latin American photography makes me keen to discover more about this significant photographic history. We often read or hear about the events, but we don’t always get the chance to appreciate the artists behind these struggles, to learn who they are and what their contributions mean. Too often it is through the prism of American image makers that we see the world. “Urbes Mutantes” is of the people and for the people, and like a city, may change how we see ourselves. —Lane Nevares 

"We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anaïs Nin 

Plying the seas of layered meanings and interpretations, El Museo's lastest exhibit, superreal, asks us to reconsider what is “real” in photography and video art. The exhibit takes us into a world as varied and complex as the forty-two artists represented. 

While major figures like Miguel Rio Branco, Andres Serrano, and Vik Muniz are included, it is the younger and lesser known artists like Las Hermanas Iglesias that give the show its sparkle. Their series, Nude Suits, created during an artist residency in Tasmania, reminded me how art can be both fun and serious. These hand-knit suits (made by their mother no less) undermine the typical nude photograph while asking us to rethink the nude in nature. Their performance isn’t groundbreaking, but it does engage us to question and wonder. And isn’t that the point?

Superreal is on view until May 19th. With such a marvelous collection of talent on display, head uptown and decide for yourself what’s real, unreal, or superreal. —Lane Nevares