“Retratando la nación” (1961) is a work of Mexican artist Jóse Chávez Morado (1909-2002). A man is photographing (filming?) the mother (?) hiding her face with a child. What is the message?
Wikipedia tells: “Morado promoted the social and political principles of the Mexican Revolution. He believed that art should be esthetic and political and was both politically active as well as an artist. His work emphasized faith in the masses, the exaltation of the struggle and heroes of the Mexican Revolution, popular culture and the railroad. His painting tended to emphasize the human form, with depictions of rural areas in Mexico, customs, dances and folk religion.”
Faceless portraits are intriguing. A couple of recent photography examples: Kaisa Kauppila has used those in her Master of Arts thesis “My Second Life” photographs of recovering alcoholics. National Geographic published an online article about different ways to interpret ‘faceless’. And plenty of more pictures here.
Morado’s paintings were shown in Espoo Cultural Center, Finland during October this year, as part of an extensive roadshow of Mexican art and handicraft (see e.g. this and this) organized by the Embassy of Mexico in Finland.