Livia Corona: Of People and Houses

Department of Architecture Fall 2010 Lecture Series

Photographer Livia Corona — a native of Baja California, Mexico — lives in New York City and Mexico City. She is the recipient of a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim fellowship, awarded for her photography book project Two Million Homes for Mexico. The project is a long-term study of the surge of mass-scale public housing projects throughout Mexico, exploring their role in the ongoing transformation of the ecological, social, and cultural landscape of the nation and its citizens. In 2009 Corona published Of People and Houses, in collaboration with architecture critic and theorist Andreas Ruby. Unlike architectural photography, Corona's images do not claim to document architecture. Corona constructs pictures  informed by concrete or intangible aspects of buildings, developing scenarios that transform thematic and formal aspects of the respective architectonic concept. The photographs tell of the life of the project, peculiarities of its protagonists, characteristics of the site, and atmosphere of its spaces. In 2008 Corona published Enanitos Toreros, which is a 10-year documentary project on the personal and professional experiences of people with dwarfism who work as the famed dwarf bullfighters of Mexico. Corona's work exhibits internationally, including shows at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City; Instituto Cervantes, New York City; The LPII Art Centre, Rotterdam; Photo Quai, Paris; and Ballroom Marfa, Texas. Recent recognitions include nominations for the Paul Huf Award, the Prix Pictet Award, and the Lucie Awards nomination for International Photographer of the Year. Her photography and texts have been featured in numerous publications including Domus, Les Inrockuptibles, Mark Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, AnOther Magazine, Geo, The Fader, and Gatopardo.