Mauricio Palos

(b. SLP-MEX, 1981) Documentarian and cultural promoter who works mainly in North & South America. His work explores a variety of issues that deal with historical memory linked to political crises and land conflicts.  His first book My Perro Rano, Chronicles of Central America, was published in  2010 by Editorial RM with the support of the Ford Foundation and the National Fund for Arts and Culture in Mexico, My Perro explores the causes that drives millions of Central American immigrants looking for a better life embarking on one of the most dangerous journeys that takes place in the Americas, it was choose as one of the best photobooks of 2011 by the British Journal of Photography.

He is currently producing his second book La Ley del Monte, an idea of revolutionary Mexico from 1900, a study of contemporary Mexico based on the power of land and its relationship with the rural, political and social worlds in Mexico, the project was shot in Chihuahua, the Yucatan Peninsula, San Luis Potosí, Guerrero, Michoacán and México City between 2009-2017. As a ramification of this work, with a grant of the University of Durham in the UK, Palos is part of a multidisciplinary project designated to create, a visual memory archive of the legacies of the Cold War in Latin America and its conflicts.

Palos holds a B.B.M. by the Universidad del Valle de Mexico and a Marketing expert diploma by the Universidad Europea de Madrid, he is also the Director of the Centro Cultural Tenexcalco, a cultural center located on a rural area surrounded by common lands and private ranches in the Huasteca Potosina at his hometown at San Luis Potosí, the project its designed to bring and merge artistic cultural activities on small rural communities.

His work has been published in Der Spiegel, Volkskrant, Lufthansa Magazine, City Wire London, Glamour, Colors Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yotk Times, Courier International, Bloomberg Busniesweek, Expansion Mexico, Gatopardo, Fusion, Roads and Kingdoms and Parts Unknown and has been widely exhibited in Europe and the Americas. Its based at his home town in northern Mexico, San Luis Potosi.

Film work

2015 - State of Censorship, Interactive web-doc film
2010 - En Algún Lugar, 28 min, Color mini DV

Selected Exhibitions

2018 – La Ley del Monte. Centro Fotográfico Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Oaxaca, Mexico.

2017 – La Ley del Monte. Centro de la Imagen. México.

2016 - Mexico Megalopolis. Fotofestival Knnoke Heist. Belgica

2015 - 365 por los 43: Hasta las paredes saben, Casa del Hijo del Ahuizote. Mexico City, Mexico

2015 - The New Photojournalism, VICE Photo Annual Exhibition, Phi Centre. Montreal, Canada

2014 - Miradas, Mexican Contemporary Photographers, Bronx Documentary Center, Bronx, NY

Selected Awards

2017– Foto Fria, visual traces of the Cold War in Latin America. Arts and HumanitiesResearch Council (AHRC) of the United Kingdom. UK

2016- Honorable mention. XIV Photography Biennal. Centro dela Imagen. Mexico City, Mexico.

2013 - Young Creators Grant, Fonca, Conaculta. Mexico

2010 - Honorable mention. Cultural journalism award Fernando Benitez FIL. Guadalajara, Mexico

2010 - IIE Grant, Ford Foundation. Mexico - USA.

Selected Publications

2016– La Familia Hernandez de Guerrero y Queens. Newsprint. Mexico

2014 - Shallow Graves, Empty Stretch Press. USA

2013 - Legal Aliens, Straylight Press, Canada

2011 - Peso y Levedad, exhibition catalogue at Photoespaña, La Fabrica, España

2010 - My Perro Rano: Crónicas de Centroamérica, Editorial RM, Mexico / Barcelona

Miradas, BDC. Bronx NY 2014Miradas, BDC. Bronx NY 2014