May 5, 2014 – As part of Houston’s annual “Cinco de Mayo” festivities, the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston Law Center is co-hosting a photographic ode to tequila, the land from which it comes, and the people who harvest the blue agave plant to make Mexico’s most renowned beverage. Click here for Center for U.S. and Mexican Law.
“Tequila is the elixir that faithfully remains the guardian of Mexico's landscape, tradition and national identity,” photographer Joel Salcido wrote in explaining the exhibit, “Aliento A Tequila” (breath or spirit of tequila). “It is indeed that ancient lord of fire with a savage smile. In this landscape of blue agave, I discovered the traditions of culture and religion, both ancient and modern, indigenous and foreign. Still there, amongst life, is the everyday toil of man, land and sky, unified in purpose to produce a spirit that is only true to the mythic character of Mexico and its people.”
Professor Stephen Zamora, director of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, noted that tequila can only be produced in Mexico, and can only be made from the blue agave plants grown in the state of Jalisco, and in limited regions of adjoining Mexican states. “Tequila is a sophisticated drink steeped in a rich cultural history, and Joel Salcido’s photographs display in vivid color the traditions associated with it. We wanted to bring this artwork, and these traditions, to the attention of Houston’s devotees of Mexican culture.”
The exhibit, consisting of 39 photos, is on view at Wells Fargo Plaza weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through May 30.
The exhibit is co-hosted by the Houston Center for Photography and co-sponsored by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and Sidley Austin LLP.