México 2019: A photographic journal by Lilah Mehri

The purpose of the words and photographs in this work are to highlight my experience in México during the months of Mya and June in the year 2019.

I spend time learning and growing mainly in Mexico City and Xaltocán, a small town one hour outside of the bustling megapolis.

The following are a set of photographs I took during my time in these place. While the landscapes of México are awe-inspiring, it was the connection with the people and experiencing the routines of their daily lives that proved to be the most impactful moments of this experience.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3c02.jpgTwo young boys skate barefoot on a Saturday at Parque México, Mexico City.


UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3c16.jpgA pole dancing advertisement sits above a wall located in the Mexico City neighborhood of Tlatelolco with the graffiti writing “ni un momento de silenco 68 no se olvida” meaning “not a moment of silence 68 will not be forgotten”, referring to the 1968 student massacre carried out by the Mexican government.


Located in the southern part of Mexico City and filled with man-made waterways, the neighborhood of Xochimilco is mystical, vibrant, and intriguing.









Perhaps the most meaningful portion of my time in México was in Xaltocán a wonderful, tranquil, and welcoming town.



UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3c38.jpgAn image taken at the “comunales,” or the common land in Xaltocan reserved for members of the community. 

A man washes his car in the town center of XaltocanUNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3c01.jpg

Garbage collectors making their way through Xaltocán in the morning. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3c3c.jpg

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3c08.jpgJuan Paredes Sanchez, a Xaltocán elder, poses with his wife and grandson. 

Agustín Sanchez Hernandez poses on his property in Xaltocán. Agustín serves as a delegado for Xaltocán and lives in the comunales. 


Benito Hernandez (above) and Marciana Sanchez Rodriguez (below), multi-generational members of Xaltocán, pose at their homes. 



I also had the opportunity to visit the beautiful colonial city of Puebla, east of Mexico City, near the end of my trip.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3c36.jpgA woman selling beans takes cover in a shoe shop as rain begins to come down in Puebla, Estado de Puebla. 



For more information Mexico City, Xaltocán, or any of the photographs please do not hesitate to reach out.

You can also visit Dr. Farah’s research and teaching website for more information about her current and past work in Xaltocán.


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