The Real Story of the Superheroes

April 24, 2007 - June 16, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby
The Real Story of the Superheroes by Dulce Pinzón

The Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of a hero who has gone largely unrecognized. Mexican workers in New York commonly work excessive hours in extreme conditions for very low wages. The hard-earned money is saved at great sacrifice to be sent to families and communities in Mexico who rely on it to survive.

While the Mexican economy has quietly become dependent on this money sent from workers in the U.S., our economy has grown dependent on this inexpensive labor force of immigrants. Along with the depth of their sacrifice, it is this dependence that makes Mexican immigrant workers my subject of interest.

The Real Story of the Superheroes pays homage to these brave and determined men and women who somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to withstand severe conditions of life in the U.S. in order to help their families and communities.

All prints are C-prints, 20 x 24 inches, mounted on sintra editions of 8.

BPL Exhibition, Dulce PinzonDulce Pinzón was born in Mexico City in 1974. She studied mass media communications at the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla, Mexico, and photography at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the International Center of Photography in New York. Her work has been published and exhibited in Mexico, the U.S., Australia, Argentina and Europe. In 2001 her photos were used for the cover of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. In 2002, she won the prestigious Jovenes Creadores grant. A 2006 fellow in photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts, she currently resides in Brooklyn.

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All photos © Dulce Pinzón.