Alexa Torre is a Mexican photographer currently living in Mexico City. A graduate of the New England School of Photography in Boston, Massachusetts, Torre has been working on a project about her heritage and the traditional dresses of regions of Mexico. She states:
"Mexico is a singular country but we need to find those different Mexicans, Mexicans that can find their own way of assuming their own membership. That 'Hecho en Mexico' be able to be more than just a mark on a imported box."
"One of the transcendental parts of us, as Mexicans, is our identity. The way that we are often characterized is through our euphoric patriotism, history, culture, faith and mysticism in a very passionate way. This is a country full of folklore -- dancing, dresses and colors that express our cultural identity."
"Our country seems to be losing that sense of self and passion, partly through interior conflicts and through the imitation of other countries influences."
"Through this project, I want to generate a greater social conscience through the young generation of Mexicans and the integrity of our people, so we all can again fall in love with our country and culture and establish a greater identity."
"Mexican Utopia is not only a project that tries to rescue the privilege of visual aesthetics and the mysticism that we sometimes don't have -- or being conscience enough to see or admire it. It's also about taking those masks of complexity and what it is to be ourselves, while regenerating that identity that is been lost."
To see more images, visit: www.alexatorre.com.
If you are able to read Spanish, visit TRIPLE ARTE, an online platform with the mission to promote cultural awareness throughout Mexico about contemporary art. It is managed by Alexa Torre, Andrea Molina and Ana Paola Azcárraga.