The Masks of Mexico ~ NYT

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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.

Masks have long been a part of our cultural history, from the Lucha Libre masks to those worn for la Danza de los Viejitos, a traditional folk dance from the State of Michoacán.

Georgina, Aug. 5.
Georgina, Aug. 5.
Martin, Aug. 1
Jessika, Aug. 2.
Adolpho, July 23.
Adolpho, July 23.
Miguel, July 23.
Miguel, July 23.

They are like a garment that protects our vulnerabilities and allows us to express ourselves.

Maria, Aug. 7.
Maria, Aug. 7.
Valentina, Aug. 4.
Valentina, Aug. 4.
Miguel, July 30.
Miguel, July 30.
Oliver, Aug. 5.
Oliver, Aug. 5.
Pedro, Aug. 3.
Pedro, Aug. 3.

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.

~~~ CONTINUE ~~~

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