Mexico's heritage comes alive in a photography exhibition in Kolkata
Did you know that Mexico has the largest number of heritage sites in the American continent, and is ranked 7th in the world, just after India which has 37 sites listed? Did you know that in Mexico the deceased are happily remembered over food and drinks?
Did you also know that Mexican men imitate birds in the ritual ceremony of The Voladores? Interesting facts like these and more have come out in the frames captured by Mexican photographer Adalberto Ríos Szalay. A collection of his photographs is on display at the Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibition called Mexico in the World Heritage has being organised by the Embassy of Mexico in India.
Mexico is home to 35 World Heritage Sites and Adalberto’s 44 photographs offer a glimpse into the rich architecture, art, people and culture of the country. There is also a series of natural and cultural spaces, including the beautiful Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, the Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco, and the Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacán, on display. The snapshots of Mexican gastronomy and mariachi music, which are listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, are worth noticing.
Talking about the exhibition, Sanchez says, “The documentation was commissioned by the Mexican Archaeological Survey. We have a rich history with thirty five World Heritage sites including whale sanctuary, the butterfly phenomenon, pyramids and more.” He adds, “We want to share this immense cultural and historical wealth with the people of India, especially with those who still have not visited Mexico. It's a cultural exhibition, as well as a touristic exhibition.”
The exhibition will be on till April 15 at the Academy of Fine Arts.