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Shoshana Wayne Gallery is pleased to present a solo sho w of photographs by Yvonne Venegas.  This is Yvonne’s seco nd show with the gallery.
 
Venegas continues to investigate the notion of portraiture. This practice was instilled in the artist throu gh the work of her father- a photographer who captures various social event s in the Mexican city of Tijuana.  As a youth\, Yvonne began her exploratio n of capturing images through photographs that she took of her twin sister Julieta\, now a famous pop singer in Mexico.
 
For her curre nt exhibition\, the main gallery features 16 images taken from a body of wo rk titled  “Inedito”.  Yvonne was on set for select sessions of filming the third season of the Mexican telenovela “Rebelde”.  Most of the images are taken either at Televisa San Angel Sound Stage 3\, on location at Royal For est country club or live at concerts in the US.  The telenovela follows a g roup of students from an elite academic institution\, as several students c reate a band.  The fictional band created for the show became a national se nsation and performed live concerts to thousands of fans around the world. 
 
It is this particular notion of blurred reality that fasc inates Venegas.  In her images\, it is often unclear what is a set\, and wh at is reality.  A few images focus on the fans of the band\, who seek to em ulate the band members by mimicking their school uniform.  The irony of fic tion juxtaposed with reality becomes crystallized in many of the shots she takes.  The process of perception in understanding roles- who is an actor\, what is real\; is blurred even further in some images\, as the subjects of some photos mistake Venegas for her famous twin sister and attempt to capt ure her image while she is taking theirs.  On a larger social scale\, the t elenovela actors take on huge impact in the culture with their mass popular ity.  It is suggested that a few of the actors are paired with local politi cians in real life as strategy to boost election votes for that candidate.  Again fiction runs side by side with reality.
 
In the smal ler gallery\, Venegas chooses a selection of photographs from a recent body of work “Gestus”.  This series is currently in progress\, and the installa tion hints at the unfinished nature of the work.  In “Gestus”\, Venegas bui lds what she calls a “documentary project about portraiture” by seeking ano nymous subjects who want to be photographed as well as photographers for hi re and other amateur photographers as they document their subjects.< br /> 
Yvonne Venegas has exhibited at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Mo nterrey Monterrey\, Mexico\; Museo De Arte Carrillo Gil\, Mexico City\, Mex ico\; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art\, San Francisco\, CA\; Nerman Muse um of Contemporary Art\, Kansas City\; Santa Monica Museum of Art\, Santa M onica\, CA\; Museum of Contemporary Art\, San Diego\, CA\; Museum des Beaux Arts\, Orleans\, France\; Bozar Museu\, Brussels. 
 
Venega s was the recipient of the Magnum Expression Photography Award in 2010 and is also featured in the first ever “Biennale Online”.

Yvonne Venegas lives and works in Mexico City \, DF.

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