Graciela Iturbide has spent three decades making photographs that show the intertwining of indigenous lifestyles and pre-Hispanic and Catholic religious rites with modern enterprise in her native Mexico. But for her latest exhibit, she finds art in aspects of the unique natural environment of Oaxaca and south Texas city of Santa Gertrudis.

An exhibit of Iturbide’s photographs opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30th, at the Rose Gallery, at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. in Santa Monica. Admission is free. The exhibit remains on view until Saturday, June 18th.

Iturbide’s photography in the past has mainly documented rural Mexico, its enduring mythology and the regional character of its people. But with her new series of photos, the human element is absent, as she focuses solely on the natural environment as her photographic subject.

Iturbide finds natural artistic manifestations along the Texas-Mexico border, including desert sites of unique sculptural elegance which she captures through her lens. Iturbide looks for patterns carved out by plants, shifting sands and natural environmental transformations caused by wind and climate.

Born in Mexico City in 1942, Iturbide first studied filmmaking at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematogr·ficios in the late 1960s. In the 1970s, she discovered her love of photography under the tutelage of Manuel Alvarez Bravo.

Also during the 1970s, she became a founding member of the Mexican Council of Photography, and began her work on the provocative Juchit·n project, for which she was given the W. Eugene Smith award in 1987.

Her work is included in museum collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the MusÈe d’Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

She has received a Guggenheim Foundation Grant, and her work has been the subject of numerous monographs, including two titled P·jaros and Images of the Spirit.

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