After spending years photographing a small village in northeastern Mexico, Debbie Fleming Caffery, who received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on the project, has completed a book and exhibition titled The Spirit & The Flesh.
Her work captures the daily lives of villagers whose cultural center is their local church. Of this period she has said, “I felt incredibly comfortable in a culture rich in celebrations of religious feasts, with strong, independent, highly emotional people, much like the people I grew up with in southwest Louisiana.”
While exploring the village, Debbie stumbled upon a cantina near the church that served occasionally as a brothel. “Symbols of heaven and hell were dominant, both in the church environment as well as the cantina, “ she says, “The brothel brought new elements into my work: secrets, sensual needs, desire, and often unexpected love.”
The Spirit & The Flesh U.S. exhibition schedule includes Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, beginning April 4, Gitterman Gallery, New York, from May 21, and Photo Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, June 4.
Debbie leads her workshop Documentary Portraits June 21 – 27 here in Rockport.