Witness NO 4
For this fourth volume in the Witness series, Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gómez present photographs taken in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico where for over twenty years they have focused on the metamorphosis of the vernacular domestic architecture of the region. The husband and wife teams selection for this volume is comprised of Sections of Time, a voluminous on-going project where the same dwellings are photographed from the same spot over a number of years, bearing witness to how the structures are affected by seasonal changes and the passage of time. The fascination that del Valle and Gómez have with these houses has come to epitomize their own transformation as first generation immigrants and like the houses they photograph, they, too, have had to adapt, change and evolve in order to survive. Witness Number 4 closes with a presentation of work by two other Cuban-American photographers who, like del Valle and Gómez, witnessed the start of the Cuban revolution in the late 1950s and who also emigrated to the United States in the early 60s: Tony Mendoza and Abelardo Morell.