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.
The exhibition is comprised of four series: El Jardín de Juegos, serving as her first project upon moving to Mexico City; Donde Andaba, juxtaposing wild plant life with architecture; Akna, anthropomorphizing tree stumps in a nature reserve; and La Fosa Común, focusing on a functioning, century-old common grave centrally located within the city. The combination of these four bodies of work, three from Mexico City and one from Chiapas, examines the persistence of life.
Los Jardines de México coincides with the recent release of the artist’s monograph of the same name, published by Radius Books, 2011.
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 (Rochester, NY); the Brooklyn Museum (NY); the Fundación Vila Casas (Barcelona, Spain); and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Salta, Argentina). In 2012, the Robert Morat Galerie (Berlin, Germany) will host a ten-year survey of her work, and the Newark Museum (NJ) will exhibit her River series, which the museum recently acquired. Presently, Lynch is working on a commission for Wave Hill (Bronx, New York), a public garden and cultural center, which will also be exhibited next year. She is currently based in New York City.