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Art in Embassies Mexico
Family and Dignity
April 12, 2023

Xavier Tavera

Xavier Tavera, a Mexico City native, is a thought-provoking photographer who has made compelling portraits of people from all walks of life.  However, he focuses more broadly on issues related to immigrant culture and is best known for his nuanced portraits of members of the Latino community. Tavera is interested in telling a story about the people in his images — detailing the immediate environment and iconic objects that strategically contribute to the narrative.  These powerful pictures challenge our notions of race, gender, and class by subverting stereotypes and capturing the humor in identity itself.  Viewers who carefully examine these images can expect to question their own assumptions, biases, and prejudices.

Manuel J. Aguirre, U.S. Navy, 1943-46

Digital Photographic Print, 44 × 44in. Courtesy of the artist Minneapolis, Minnesota