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‘Of Reflections and Ceremonies: Meeting With a Mazatec Shaman’

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Photo of Dominique
Dominique Pepin (above), the first artist to be featured in this year’s Latin American and Latino Art Forum, stands with her piece “La Forêt de l’Adoration” (The Forest of Adoration), 2000. At right is “Chemin vers le Cerro de la Adoración,” 1998. Staff photo by Kris Snibbe.

The Rockefeller Center exhibit “Of Reflections and Ceremonies: Meeting With a Mazatec Shaman” features a collection of photographs by Montreal-based artist Dominique Pepin that is the result of three years of collaboration between Pepin and Mexican Mazatec shaman Apolonia Martínez. The photographs were taken between the shaman’s home and the sacred mountain of El Cerro de la Adoración in the Sierra Mazateca of Oaxaca, Mexico. Woven throughout the series are themes of life and death, singularity and duality, the landscape, and sexuality. The photographs have been manipulated to create images that offer the viewer both a mirror of the natural world and a vista onto an imaginary world. The exhibit is on display through Tuesday, Nov. 28, and is made possible by the generous support of the Gustavo Brillembourg Fund.

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies seeks to increase knowledge of the cultures, histories, environment, and contemporary affairs of Latin America and the Latin American diaspora in the United States. The Center will select a limited number of artists to exhibit their work in its building, located at 61 Kirkland Street. The Center is particularly interested in displaying the work of Latino/a artists as well as artists from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. Artists interested in having work displayed at the Center, call DRCLAS at 617-495-3366 or e-mail