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Mexicans UK

Monday, 10 July 2017 14:46 Written by Roxana Allison
 
Mexico is widely recognised for its rich and vast cultural heritage, however for over ten years the country has lived through a war on drugs that has triggered high levels of insecurity and violence convulsing Mexicans lives. Therefore, the common feeling of most of those portrayed for this project is of uncertainty, concerned about Mexico’s present and future.

Thousands of Mexicans live around the world, 11,000 of which live in the United Kingdom according to the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME). Having left their motherland for various reasons, the majority will return to Mexico but others won’t. Some might feel at home in their new environment while others may feel self-exiled and not completely settled.

MexicansUK is the most recent photographic collaboration between Mexican-British brother and sister Pablo and Roxana Allison. The project focuses on the diversity of backgrounds and life-stories of the people that make up this migrant community in the UK and it aims to shed light on a community that contributes both economically and culturally to the shaping of British society while attempting to dissolve stereotypes commonly attached to Mexican culture.

MexicansUK was awarded funding by the Embassy of Spain’s Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs and the University of London. It was included in the ‘Being Human Festival 2015’ held at The University of London and was exhibited in the photographic group show ‘Transition: An exhibition of Contemporary Photography’ at Mirabel Gallery (Manchester) and ‘Roots’ at Park Theatre (London).

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