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Pedro Slim
Artwork 2023
Installation photograph that shows Pedro Slim’s untitled framed monochrome photograph mounted on a white wall.
Artwork: Pedro Slim, Untitled (2023). Silver gelatin print. 43.9 x 43.3 cm. Courtesy of the artist and private collection, Mexico City.
Artist Pedro Slim Title Untitled Date 2023 Materials Silver gelatin print Dimensions 43.9 x 43.3 cm Credit Courtesy of the artist and private collection, Mexico City

Francisco Berzunza, the curator of the exhibition You to Me, Me to You at A4, commissioned Pedro Slim to take this image of himself and Fernando Elizundia Domit.

In the 1980s, in a photographic studio in Mexico City, Pedro Slim began developing what would become the series From the street to the studio. Acclaimed for documenting male beauty at a time in which it was distanced from mainstream Mexican culture, Slim photographs those excluded from representation. Attentive to light and form, Slim records the markings on these male bodies; tattoos, muscles, veins, and jewellery. Rendered in high-contrast black-and-white images, Slim’s subjects – workers, tradesmen, among those disregarded by Mexico’s highly stratified and classist society – appear self-possessed and knowing, participating in a relational intimacy with camera and photographer.