Alberto, July 13
Photographs by Russell Monk with Text by Valerie Mejer Caso
Mr. Monk is a photographer. Ms. Mejer Caso is a Mexican poet and visual artist
Feb. 25, 2021
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico — We Mexicans live behind masks of our own creation, even if in these portraits they are more a symbolic gesture of futility than protection.
They are like a garment that protects our vulnerabilities and allows us to express ourselves.
The city of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, where we live, was quick to enact a strong response to the coronavirus and, as a result, the city has one of the lowest case rates in Mexico. But its citizens, already economically battered, have been depleted by the pandemic.