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Candida Höfer travels down Mexico way

German photographer captures country's rich architectural heritage

The German photographer Candida Höfer travelled through Mexico to capture its rich architectural heritage. The resulting pictures are on show in Mexico City at Galeria OMR (until 5 November). Höfer travelled to the country in 2015 to photograph 15 historic buildings in the states of Jalisco, Puebla, Oaxaca, Guanajuato and Mexico City. They include the chapel of the 19th-century Hospicio Cabañas in Guadalajara, a Unesco World Heritage Site decorated with murals by José Clemente Orozco.

The extraordinary details of Guanajuato’s Neo-Classical Teatro Juárez are presented alongside other large-format images of empty interiors. The exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Goethe Institute in Mexico, also includes smaller photographs “that examine various elements in a more abstract manner”, Höfer says.

A wider selection of works will be shown at the Colegio San Ildefonso in Mexico City in April 2017, followed by a show at the Amparo Museum in Puebla in 2018. The project is part of the 2016-17 Germany-Mexico Dual Year.