Claudia Damián

Claudia Damian
Image Credit: © Claudia Damián

International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

Associated PhD student

Field of Activity

Project: "Collector of Images, the photographic prospect of Franz Mayer. International networks of photographic practice and imaginary: Mexico - Germany"

Email borboleta_de_mar@yahoo.com.mx

2011

PhD  student at the interdisciplinary and international Research Training Group “Between Spaces". Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin

2007-2010

M.A. in Art History
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (FFyL - IIE)

2009

Assistant Professor. Carrer of Latin American Studies Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (FFyL - IIE)

2006-2007

Diploma in Photographic Conservation Funds
National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museology, INAH, Mexico

2000-2005

BA in Latin American Studies
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (FFyL)

2005

Social service: Identification and Analysis of Cultural and Artistic Events.
General Directorate of Popular and Indigenous Cultures. Mexico

Professional activities

  • Photographic Archive of the Franz Mayer Museum
    POSITION: Head of Photographic Archive
    INSTITUTION: Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico
    PERIOD: 2008-2010

  • Exhibition: Hugo Brehme and the Mexican Revolution
    POSITION: Museology and curatorial support
    INSTITUTION: Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico
    PERIOD: August 5th to October 3th, 2010

  • German Photographers in Latin America
    POSITION: Representative of the Franz Mayer Museum
    INSTITUTION: Dr. José María Luis Mora Institution, Mexico
    PERIOD: April to November 2010

  • Exhibition: A thousand and one faces of Mexico. Masks from the Ruth Deutsch Lechuga Collection
    POSITION: Museographic support
    INSTITUTION: Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico
    PERIOD: March 12th  to May 9th, 2010

  • Photographic Archive of the newspaper La Jornada.
    Department of Conservation and Image Processing.
    POSITION: Archivist
    INSTITUTION: DEMOS, Media Development. Newspaper La Jornada, Mexico
    PERIOD: 2007-2009

  • Advice on conservation of photographic material at the Photographic Archive of the Franz Mayer Museum: Rescue of two albums from the personal collection of Franz Mayer.
    INSTITUTION: Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico
    PERIOD: 2006

  • Induction Seminar for Teacher Education Program for University High School.
    INSTITUTION: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico,
    General Direction of Academic Staff Affairs (DGAPA)
    PERIOD: February 2005 - January 2006. Mexico

"Collector of Images, the photographic prospect of Franz Mayer. International networks of photographic practice and imaginary: Mexico - Germany"

 


Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kummels (FU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Karoline Noack (Universität Bonn), Prof. Dr. Deborah Dorotinsky (UNAM), Prof. Dr. Margit Kern (Universität Hamburg)


Since the late nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century, Latin America, began to witness an increase in the number of visitors from abroad. Travelers in Mexico and, in particular, those who arrived with a camera, are controversial figures that undoubtedly represent an essential part of the history of cultures, the images and imaginaries. They are a key figure of a singular way to see “the mexican” environment by “the other”.

Franz Mayer, a renowned collector of decorative arts in Mexico, was also an active traveler who visited several roads and towns of Mexican, South American, European, African and even Asia. Photo albums made by him of “folkloric” portraits, landscapes, shots of his travels and all that was attractive to him make up his visual heritage. This research focuses on the modes of production, acquisition and organization that Mr. Mayer had concerning his photographic collection. It is important to find out about cross-cultural implications that involve photographic representations in those images and in his practice, concerning the particular perspective that Mayer had about the "new space" as well as how to interpret and represent it symbolically with visual language. In this sense, his visual collection is of utmost importance, not only for its graphic quality, but also for its historic value both in the field of history of photography as the social history through photography. The cultural and heritage qualities of photographic artifacts that make up his collection make an important subject for study and research.

 

 

About photography

  • Exercise and identity construction in the portraits of prostitutes in the nineteenth century the Municipal Archives of Puebla.
    Co-authored by: Abigail Pasillas, Adriana Ramírez and Paola Ortega.
    IN: Revista de Antropología “Imagen y Mirada Multidisciplinaria”;
    Gazette INAH. October, 2010.

  • Two miscellaneous albums.  About the Intercultural in Mexico in the late nineteenth century
    IN:
    Revista Alquimiadel Sistema Nacional de Fototecas del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, September-Diciembrede 2007, year 11, No. 31, pp. 8-21.

  • The photographic image in „Las Babas del Diablo" by Julio Cortazar
    IN:
    Revista Digital Discurso Visual  del Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información de Artes Plásticas  CENIDIAP / CONACULTA / INBA / CENART, No. 5, January to April, 2006.
    ADDRESS: http://discursovisual.cenart.gob.mx/anteriores/dvwebne05/agora/agoclaudia.htm

  • Personal Photographic Work
    IN: Metate, Newspaper of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Metlapilli-Aire Section, UNAM, Year 1, No. 4, November 2005.

  • Women in Flight
    IN: Journal: Odimensiones of Mexico, Year 1, No. 1, October 21, 2001.