“Mexico in the World Heritage” is a photo-exhibition of 44 photographs by Mexican photographer Adalberto Ríos Szalay, portraying the UNESCO World Heritage sites and practices of Mexico.
The photo-exhibition inaugurated by Ms. Nandita Palchoudhury, Member, Board of Trustee, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, in the presence of Mr. Santiago Ruy Sanchez, Head of Culture and Tourism Affairs, Embassy of Mexico in India, and Mr. Sumit Mazumder, Honorary Consul of Mexico in Kolkata, will remain on display at the Central Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, 2 Cathedral Road, Kolkata – 700071, until 15th April 2019, and open to public 12 noon to 8:00 pm daily..
The collection of photographs offer a glimpse into the rich architecture, art, people and culture of the country, as well as a series of natural and cultural spaces, including the beautiful Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, the Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco, and the Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacán. The exhibition also depicts the Mexican gastronomy and mariachi music, which are listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
With an astounding diversity of natural and cultural heritage, as of 2018 Mexico is home to 35 World Heritage Sites considered by UNESCO to be of outstanding value to humanity. Mexico has the largest number of heritage sites in the American continent, and is ranked 7th in the world, just after India which has 37 sites listed.
The purpose of this photo-exhibition is to initiate creative dialogues between Mexico and India, and to explore opportunities for knowledge exchange on restoration, conservation, and promotion of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.