Bucks County Herald

Festivals of Mexico documented in photography

“Bride and wolf,” (La novia y el lobo) was taken in San Martín Tilcajete in 2015. The selenium toned gelatin silver print is by Jenna Mulhall-Brereton.

A new exhibit, “Sacred/Sagrado: Festivals of Mexico,” featuring the photography of Jenna Mulhall-Brereton, will run from Jan. 2 through May 27, at the Pearl S. Buck International Exhibit Gallery, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie.

In this exhibit, Mulhall-Brereton documents traditional ceremonies that are part of the fabric of Mexican history and culture.

“The term ‘sacred’ invokes two distinct definitions of the word: that which is holy, and that which is a cherished part of the life of a community,” Mulhall-Brereton wrote.

“Though all the festivals I have photographed tie back in some way to the religious calendar (Mardi Gras, after all, is the day before Lent), only about half of them celebrate the deeply held beliefs of the Catholic faith,” she added. “Other images portray a profound sense of tradition, identity, and community that is every bit as intensely felt.”

Mulhall-Brereton’s work is rooted in the documentary tradition, and she most often shoots in black and white. Her photographs have appeared in juried exhibitions throughout the U.S., and in a variety of publications, including “Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment,” published by Aperture.

The Exhibit Gallery is located in the Welcome Center. Admission to the gallery – open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sundays – is complimentary.



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