CARLOTTA BOETTCHER: IMAGES: MATA ORTIZ: A RANCHING VILLAGE
By Carlotta Boettcher
Over 100 digital color images documenting the style and substance of a small ranching and farming community in Chihuahua, Mexico in the 21st Century.
The village of Juan Mata Ortiz was founded in the early 1900s as a company town and became the site of the largest sawmill in Central America. Over the past 30 years the village’s fame has grown due to the unprecedented development of its bold contemporary art pottery inspired initially by the renown Casas Grandes pottery made in the area by the Pre-Colombian Paquime Civilization 600-500 years earlier.
This volume will trace the village's founding and development within the context of Chihuahua's history dating back to the Paquime-Casas Grandes civilization upon which it now rests, and until the present times.