Ricas y Famosas.
Photographs by Daniela Rossell.
Turner, Madrid, 2002. 176 pp., 85 color illustrations, 8½x12½".
Please note that this title is currently in its second printing
See the super-rich in their vast kitsch palaces,
modeling their latest designer wardrobes, showing
off their art collections, petting their stuffed lions,
posing on guilded, gleaming furniture, and tanning along the edges of lush indoor swimming
pools. This is the private lifestyle of Mexican millionaires, and it is photographer Daniela Rossell's
outrageous twist on what is historically understood as Mexican documentary photography.
Rather than documenting the lifestyles of indigenous peoples, the urban poor, or exotic village
scenes-as so many of her colleagues have done
and continue to do-she has chosen to explore
the habitat, customs, and traditions of the tiniest
minority in Mexico: the ultra-rich.
Daniela Rossell was born in Mexico City in 1973.
While studying figure drawing and paintings at
the National School of Visual Arts in Mexico City,
she worked independantly with an automatic
camera. In 1997, Rossell was included in a group
show at the Museo del Barrio in New York; the
next year she had her first solo exhibition at
Greene Naftali. Since then, her work has appeared
at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New
York; the Berkley Museum; the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Miami; the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and, most recently,
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.
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