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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The Consulado de Mexico en Albuquerque is sponsoring a new art exhibition featuring the photography of Augustín Casasola (1874 - 1938) opening on Thursday, April 3rd in the KiMo Theatre Gallery. A free public reception will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. opening day.

The kitchen and dining room are the spaces in which the balance between the diner and food occur. They are spaces where food is prepared and consumed, creating community, culture and relationship. The exhibition, De La Cocina Al Ojo shows the space of the kitchen, dining room or other space as improvised for a social event. These photographs recognize the different actors that build food art, modeling the collective ritual of eating-and reflect a wide range of social circumstances.

Augustín Casasola began his career as a typographer for the newspaper El Imparcial, eventually moving into reporting, and then became a photographer in the late 1800s. He was credited with founding the first Mexican press agency, Agencia Fotográfica Mexicana, and was later thanked by the interim president for having "inaugurated a new phase of freedom in the press photography."

By the end of 1912 the agency had expanded and changed its name to Agencia Mexicana de Información Fotográfica, bringing on additional photographers. The agency began purchasing pictures from foreign agencies and amateurs, redistributing them to newspapers.

When El Imparcial went out of business in 1917, Casasola recovered the newspaper's archives, eventually compiling many of the photographs into the famed "Album históric gráfico," which covered the events of the Mexican Revolution. Casasola's collection totaling over 500,000 prints and negatives was later dubbed the Casasola Archive and was housed at the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico.

In 1920, Casasola and other notable Mexican photographers founded the Mexican Association of Press Photographers. The exhibition is open through June 14th.

The KiMo Gallery is open during normal hours of operation of the KiMo Theatre (Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and during most KiMo events. During the day visitors are requested to enter at the KiMo's Business Office at 423 Central Avenue NW (corner of 5th and Central) where they will be directed to the gallery to view and enjoy the exhibition at no charge. For the reception, visitors may access the gallery through the 417 Central Avenue entry. The show is open until March 22nd.

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