Dulce Pinzón: The Real Story of the Superheroes

Oct 8 - Dec 29, 2013
Boca Raton Museum of Art

What is a hero? What is a superhero? In a series of oversized photographs, Dulce Pinzón seeks to shine a light on the quiet heroes who make sacrifices for the good of others. For the artist, the countless Mexican and Latino immigrant workers in New York City, who every week send a portion of their modest income back to family members in Mexico, seemed like the perfect example of the unnoticed hero.

In her words: "The principle 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 extreme conditions of labor in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper."

For the exhibition, Pinzón selected 20 workers, dressed them in costumes of popular American and Mexican superheroes that corresponded to their employment, and photographed them going about their usual work day. She identifies each by name along with their hometown, the number of years they have been working in New York City, and the amount of money they send back to their families each week.

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Dulce Pinzón: The Real Story of the Superheroes

Dulce Pinzón (Mexican, born 1974), color photograph mounted on sintra board, 20 x 24 inches, Courtesy of the artist.

Maria Luisa Romero from the state of Puebla works in a laundromat in Brooklyn. She sends home $150 a week.