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- Object: Gane un millón (Win a Million)
A row of destitute men walk past a bus which has a banner reading 'Gane un millon' attached to the side. 1939
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Height: 335 millimetres
Width: 500 millimetres (image area)
- Curator's comments
- See Ittmann p.200.
Text from 'Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints 1910-1960', Dawn Adès and Alison McClean, with the assistance of Laura Campbell, edited by Mark McDonald, BMP, 2009.
A group of male workers dressed in dark garments walk along a street, some hanging their heads. The telegraph pole on the right and a bus behind them symbolize the modern city. The workers represent the masses who migrated to the cities of Mexico after the Revolution, in the hope of finding work and a brighter future. However, the darkness of the print and the way that the figures are barely distinguishable from each other suggests that they were not successful in their quest, encouraging the viewer to sympathize instead with their situation.
In contrast, a new bus passes on the other side of the road. Through the window appear the silhouettes of passengers who belong to the middle classes, who do not have to walk the streets because they can afford to ride on the bus. A banner on the bus reads 'Gane un millón' ('Win a million'), advertising the national lottery. The only hope the workers have of escaping their repressive lives is to buy a lottery ticket. But luck eludes them: the bus travels in the opposite direction and the workers do not so much as recognize the significance of the banner which promises to change their lives. Through depicting citizens travelling in different directions and in different ways, Ocampo emphasizes the social divisions in Mexico.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009/10 Oct-April, BM, Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints, cat 62
2010/11 Nov-Feb, Nottingham, Djanogly Gallery, Revolution on Paper
2011 June-Aug, Newcastle, Hatton Gallery, Revolution on Paper
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