Feb 8, 2019
Feb 8, 2019

Matachines, Central Mexico

Matachines, Central Mexico

1973, printed 2014

Danny Lyon

(American, 1942-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 31.7 x 25 cm (12 1/2 x 9 13/16 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.7 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

Gift of Holly and James Bogin 2017.303

Did you know?

Originating in Europe in the 17th century, matachine originally meant a sword dance performed in elaborate costumes.

Description

This surreal image shows a group of Mexican matachines, performers who enact ritual dances usually intended to worship Mary, a saint, Christ, or the Holy Trinity. It was taken by Lyon on one of the many journeys he has made to Mexico. Matachines are found in both North and South American Indigenous cultures.

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Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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