Surrealist dreams, Xilitla, Mexico
Some years ago I heard about a surrealist castle hidden in the mountains of the tropical forest somewhere in Mexico. After looking at the first picture of the place, I knew that I had to see it in real life. We drove for almost 7 hours from Mexico City and arrived to Xilitla, a town in San Luis Potosi state. We checked in a nice boutique hotel close that had a terrace overseeing the mountains, and that was conveniently close to the park.
The surrealist sculpture park is called Las Pozas, and was designed by the british artist and poet Edward James. The concrete sculptures are built in different locations on a hill, where there are also natural pools of turquoise water. The nature in the place is jungle-like and the constructions are arranged in a way that makes you feel like you are passing through a labyrinth in Alice in Wonderland. Staircases leading nowhere, and walls with no purpose make the place so exotic and magical.
We decided to photograph some of my favorite pieces from my vintage collection, to focus on the uniqueness of both the place and this clothing treasures. A cape from Yves Saint Laurent from 1976, a Rochas dress from the 90’s and a blue cape from Azzaro in the 80’s. I also used a Stella McCartney orange dress that I bought when I saw it opened the runway show in the Fall/winter 2010 season, a new Eres swimsuit, and a kimono from Kyoto.
I hope you enjoy these series that Ruy and me were so excited to photograph for such a long time.