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The Last Mexicans

Francisco Mata | Mexico

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The last Mexicans survive next to the border wall with the US, most of them migrants or deportees trapped in the area. The urbanization of Tijuana fails to include them; environmental and all other types of degradation in this area turn them into social detritus, providing a convincing portrait of our throwaway culture. A  mall stands on the other side of the wall; on this side, people reuse industrial waste and the surplus production of modern societies.

Many of them were once workers and consumers in the US. Once disposed of, they continue to be consumers on this side, but of drugs. They go on using consumer goods but those they pick up off the streets. They build their dwellings out of cardboard, cloth or industrial waste and eat the waste from transnational restaurant chains.

They are the last Mexicans in every sense. They are the last bastion against the US, the last line of the Third World and the last to be considered in any social program.In short, they are the detritus of production and consumption chains.

Francisco Mata Rosas
México City, 1958

With degree in Mass Media Studies, is member of Artists Without Frontiers.
His work has been exposed in individual exhibitions in 50 countries: Alemania, Argentina, Argelia, Bangladesh, Belice, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, Escocia, España, Eslovaquia, Estados Unidos, México, Etiopia, Francia, Guatemala, Honduras, Holanda, Hungría, Inglaterra, Italia, Jamaica, Japón, Kenya, Líbano, Libia, Marruecos, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana, Rumania, Rusia, Santa Lucía, Serbia, Ucrania, Uruguay, Venezuela, y Sudáfrica.
His photographies has been exposed in collective exhibitions (selection):

• Mexico Stad, Koninklijk Instituut Voor Tropen in Amsterdam, Holland 1992
• Mexican Photographers, Festival Book in Frankfurt, Germany 1992
• Light Factory in Louisiana, U.S. 1993
• Black Butterfly, Images of Death from Mexico in Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland, October and November of 1995
• Kobe Aid Fund, World photo art exhibition & auction, in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan January-March of 1996
• Photography month, in Paris, France 1996
• Photo Spain, Madrid, Spain,2000
• Instituto Cervantes, London, England, 2002
• ABCDF, portraits d´une ville Institut du Mexique à Paris, Paris
• Contemporary Mexican Photojournalism 2002, MoCP - The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, USA.2004
• ABCDF - Portraits of Mexico City, Queens Museum of Art, New York City, NY, USA.2006
• The era of the discrepancy, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2008.

Was invited in world-wide project "24 hours in Cyberspace", February of 1996, as one of the 150 photojournalists selected in the world.
He is also author of 7 books: América Profunda, Sábado de Gloria, Litorales, Mexico Tenochtitlan, Tepito ¡bravo el barrio!, Un viaje y Arca de Noé.
Mata Rosas has obtained several awards, among others:
• Biennial of Mexican Photography, 1988. 

• Prize of Honor in the Bicentennial of the French Revolution, 1989 (France).

• Scholarship of Creative Young people of FONCA, 1989 (Mexico).
• Annual Third Mother Jones, 1993 (USA) 

• Fuji prize in 1996 and Great Prize in 1997 of the Internet Magazine in Japan.
• Honor in Photojournalism, Black and White Spider Awards, 2006 (USA).

He belongs since 2000, to “Sistema Nacional de Creadores” of CONACULTA, México.

His photographic job has been published in The New York Times, L.A.. Times; The Press in Canada, and in the most of mexican newspapers. Also, his work has published in several magazines in England, USA, Portugal, Italy, France, Japan, China, Spain and Mexico.
Francisco is a Visual Arts college teacher.
His official website is www.franciscomata.com.mx



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