Thursday 3 October 2013

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo: a portrait of two towns by Monica Alcazar

Good to have an update from Monica Alcazar about her photography project in Mexico - Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo- Double Vision.  Monica produced films of our project Stitch in Harrow - interviewing the Royal School of Needlework tutor Rosa Martyn, who was working with us, and also women creating embroidery.

Monica's work in Mexico looks at two small neighbouring towns on a stretch of coastline in the state of Guerroro - Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. Though close, they are worlds apart - separated by what Monica describes as an 'Upstairs-Downstairs' relationship. Ixtapa is the ritzy resort town; Zihuatanejo is where the workers live. Some examples of Monica's photos giving a glimpse of the different life styles are up on her blog. The rest will be on display at an exhibition in 2014.

Funding for this was raised via KickStart - a great way to generate interest as well as financial backing. If you want to support the project, you have the choice of donating at different levels. At each level, you are offered various incentives. Wish I could have afforded £200 - as in return for that you get a real bumper offering in exchange:

"An A3 (approx. 12x16 inch.) Giclee print on Hahnemuhle 310gsm paper from the project. You choose from a special set of ten images. A credit on the book. An invitation to the private view of the exhibition in London in 2014. My grandma's personal recipe for guacamole. And a lifetime credit in the exhibitions of the project. PLUS: A huge thank you from me, the Double Vision blog, the screensaver and the postcards."

Very tempted by the idea of the guacamole recipe....

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