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Mexican Revolution was not only the struggle for land and freedom, but contributed to Mexican Corrido (folk song) creation, musical genre that raised themes as agrarian problems, the railroad, religion and heroes or traitors’ deeds.


History and context in which these songs were created is explained in the photographic exhibition “Mexican Corrido in the Revolution”, presented at Casa de Carranza Museum and open until March 2010, as part of Mexican Revolution Centennial celebrations.

Organized by National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) the exhibition is integrated by 20 black-and-white images that reflect themes that influenced Corridos, from Casasola Archive, part of National Photo Library.

Crucial scenes of Mexican Revolution such as death of Emiliano Zapata and Venustiano Carranza; Francisco Villa seating in the presidential chair, and Francisco I. Madero at the Loyalty March are illustrated.

“Corrido in Mexico was created in an irreverent and subversive way, anonymously. It reached its peak during the revolutionary struggle, when battles, executions and burning were quotidian,” explained Patricia de Leon, curator of the show.

“Main themes of Corridos were heroes and traitors of Mexican Revolution; Francisco I. Madero, Venustiano Carranza and Francisco Villa have a privileged site in popular memory, while characters like Victoriano Huerta or Felix Diaz are pointed out as ambitious and traitors”. She explained.

“Corridos promoted social reunion, they were sang at Pulquerias, squares, markets and streets of great cities like Mexico, Guadalajara, Puebla, Monterrey and Veracruz, and by troubadours at Mexican province, communicated by railroad”, concluded the INAH specialist.

“El Corrido Mexicano en la Revolucion” will be exhibited until March 2010 at Casa de Carranza Museum, 35 Rio Lerma Street, Colonia Juarez, Mexico City. Entrance fee is 35 MXP, and further information is provided dialing 55 35 29 20 and 55 46 64 94.