Los Jardines de México
The photographs in Los Jardines de México explore themes related to the life cycle and representations thereof in the urban and rural landscape. Made between 2002–2007, and comprised of four series—three from Mexico City and one from Chiapas—each project investigates, if not embraces, a specific facet of existence: loss, death, regeneration and life.
Los Jardines de México begins with El Jardín de Juegos (Mexico City, 2002–2003), the first project Lynch made upon her move to Mexico City, where she lived for three years. The images in Donde Andaba (Mexico City, 2005), juxtapose wild plant life with architecture, and explore the subject of the persistence of life despite its ambient conditions. Akna, the Mayan goddess of birth and fertility, is also believed to be a guardian saint. The photographs in this series, Akna (Chiapas, 2006), Lynch’s first with an 810 inch camera, are portraits of anthropomorphized tree stumps in a nature reserve, which investigate the theme of regeneration. The final series in the book, La Fosa Común (Mexico City, 2007), was also made with an 810 camera, in a functioning, century-old common grave centrally located within the city. Lynch’s photographs explore notions of loss and death while simultaneously celebrating life and its intricate beauty.
Janelle Lynch has garnered international recognition over the last decade for her large-format photographs of the urban and rural landscape. Widely exhibited, her work is in several public and private collections including the George Eastman House Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Fundación Vila Casas, Barcelona, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Salta, Argentina. In 2012, the Newark Museum will exhibit her River series, which they recently acquired and in 2013 the Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin, will host a 10-year survey show of her work. Los Jardines de México, her first monograph, was published by Radius Books, Santa Fe, in 2011. website