SMAIL


En la década de 1950 un gran numero de exiliados provenientes principalmente de Estados Unidos, Canadá y Europa descubren un paraíso secreto en el que los excesos, la buena vida y el arte estaba a su disposición a un precio muy bajo. Conformada por imágenes propias y de archivo, Smail, se desarrolla en San Miguel de Allende, recientemente nombrada como “La mejor ciudad del Mundo” conocida actualmente como uno de los destinos de mayor desarrollo turístico en el país esconde detrás un pasado que pocos recuerdan o creerían posible.


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In the 1950s a large number of immigrants from the United States, Canada and Europe discovered a secret paradise in which excesses, good life and art were available at a very low price. Recently named as "The best city in the world", this Mexican territory is currently known for its elegant spas, cafes, galleries and colorful houses that make it one of the most developed tourist destinations in the country, one that conceals underneath a past that few remember or would believe possible. 


The series consists of a collection of archival photographs around the arrival of foreigners in San Miguel de Allende, GTO between the years 1950 - 1980, as well as original photographs currently captured by the author.







"We came to explore a foreign land that seemed an unknown paradise, the wild west with gothic cathedrals and Spanish palettes in Indian mountains. We had a pact that no one would write about it. Till 1980 when a parvenu wrote a travel piece for the LA Times, expats could live on twenty-five hundred dollars a year."

Alice Denham (2013) "Secrets of San Miguel" 

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