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ALESSANDRO BO

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THE EYE OF THE GLACIER

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HUÉSPED
DIEGO MORENO

ABOUT THIS BOOK

In the 1950s a large number of immigrants from the United States, Canada and Europe discovered a secret paradise where excess, good life and art were available at a very low price. Recently named "The Best City in the World", this Mexican territory is now known for its elegant spas, cafes, galleries and colourful houses that make it one of the most developed tourist destinations in the country, one that hides beneath a past that few remember or would believe possible. In this photographic series the viewer enters a time machine in which he or she becomes a witness to everyday scenarios and fragments that invite the viewer to open up to questions without receiving a direct answer.The book is composed of a collection of archival photographs surrounding the arrival of foreigners to San Miguel de Allende, GTO between the years 1950 - 1980, as well as original photographs captured in the present day by the author.  
Through images and texts Diego Moreno narrates the complexity of his family history, one that is marked by disturbing cycles of domestic violence, machismo and attachment to the Catholic religion. This photobook, in the form of a family album, allows the author to construct a present to find his place in the world and to reflect more deeply on the fragility and complexity of the human condition, and the hostile time we inhabit. 

Huésped has been developed over six years, during which Diego has explored his own identity through an intense process of immersion in photography as a means of connecting with his family universe, creating and recreating scenes that allow us to enter into this complex web of relationships, at the same time as they are transformed in the photographic act itself. From the time of the Spanish Conquest, 

Chiapas has been a state in Mexico where diverse cultures coexist, where cultural and social contrasts remain in constant tension. Mexico's border with Latin America, a crossing point for undocumented migrants, the scene of the Zapatista struggle, a place inhabited by indigenous peoples who keep alive pre-Hispanic customs, the so-called "coletos", descendants of Spaniards, mestizos and foreigners, make up an extremely complex social mosaic. 

ALESSANDRO BO

Mexico City, 1982. Freelance photographer. Studied photography at TAFE Queensland Institute. Has exhibited in Mexico, Australia and Dominican Republic, published in international magazines (2005 - 2017), Der Greif Online, Lenscratch, in the book Street Photography 2015 (Acuity Press, 2015). He has received awards: PDN Street Photography Award (2015), finalist of the Fotolibro Iberoamericano competition, (Editorial RM, 2013) and winner of the Fundación Mexicana competition for film and art.    










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