Pinzón studied photography at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, and at the International Center of Photography of New York, USA, where she currently lives. Her photographs tackle the issue of migrant Mexican identity, and question the concepts of race, national culture and heroism. Her work has been exhibited at the Rencontres d’Arles festival in France; Y Gallery, New York, USA; and Queens Museum of Art, also in New York, among others.
"After September 11, the notion of the ‘hero’ began to rear its head in the public consciousness more and more frequently. The notion served a necessity in a time of national and global crisis to acknowledge those who showed extraordinary courage or determination in the face of danger, sometimes even sacrificing their lives in an attempt to save others. The Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of the hero who has gone unnoticed. It is common for a Mexican worker in New York to work extraordinary hours in extreme conditions for very low wages which are saved at great cost and sacrifice and sent to families and communities in Mexico who rely on them to survive. Along with the depth of their sacrifice, it is the quietness of this dependence which makes Mexican immigrant workers a subject of interest. The principal objective of this series is to pay homage to these brave and determined men and women that somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to withstand difficult work conditions in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper. This project consists of twenty colour photographs of Mexican and Latino immigrants dressed in the costumes of popular American and Mexican superheroes. Each photo pictures the workers/superheroes in their work environment, and is accompanied by a short text including the workers’ name, their home town, the number of years they have been working in New York, and the amount of money they send to their families each week." DULCE PINZÓN
Dulce Pinzón. Catwoman, from the series Superheroes, 2001-2009.