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Gerardo Suter, b.1957


‘Replica’ by Gerardo Suter relates to the 1985 Earthquake in Mexico City, the most devastating earthquake in the history of the Americas. Suter used approximately five seconds of one of the first images broadcast on the day of the earthquake. The text which is relayed across the screen is the initial response from Carlos Monsivais documenting his experience of the tragedy.
Carlos Monsivais is a cultural historian, known for his chronicles of life in Mexico and specifically its capital Mexico City. Both Suter and Monsivais have focused much of their work on the history and culture of Mexico.
‘Replica’ is a visual and intellectual perception of extreme moments that, under special circumstances, became minutes, hours or days. As a result of this earthquake, according to official Government statistics, over 9,000 people were killed, 30,000 injured, and 100,000 left homeless. 416 buildings were destroyed and over 3,000 seriously damaged.
Gerardo Suter has a specific interest in his artistic practice to convey notions of silence and emptiness through photography and video. The documentary style to this film work allows for a sense of hyper-reality, as the destructive force of the earthquake is felt within the cityscape.
Suter’s work has been exhibited in Mexico and abroad; in 1996, he represented Mexico at the São Paulo Biennial and his work can be found in numerous international collections. Born in Argentina, Suter has lived in Mexico since 1970.

Duration8 min
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, The Vergel Foundation; Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2006
EditionEdition 2/5
Item NumberIMMA.1993
Image Caption
Gerardo Suter, Replica, 2005, Video, Duration: 8 min, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, The Vergel Foundation; Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2006

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About the Artist

Gerardo Suter b.1957

Argentinian born Gerardo Suter (born 1957) moved to Mexico in 1970. Largely self-taught as a photographer, Suter began photographing theatre and dance performances for the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico in 1978. From the 1980s he has worked with photography, film and installation to consider the history and culture of Mexico, and ideas of collective memory, ritual and myth. Suter represented Mexico at the São Paulo Biennial in 1996, and at the Havana Biennial in 2000. His work is included in many public and private collections.
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