C-Print, Dimensions Variable, Duration Variable
"The garden is the smallest parcel of the world and then it is the totality of the world" Michel Foucault, 1967For a period of 5 years I have photographed a group of men who gather on the weekends in Cuernavaca, an hour drive away from south Mexico City, to practice nudism. As a response to the strained space they live in Mexico’s capital these characters have manage to create in a house, especially in its garden, a temporary weekend oasis meant for contemplation, recreation and purification of their bodies. Through these images, the garden is discerned as a microcosm of perfection that allows its protagonists to enjoy the essence of the four elements: sun, water, earth and air. They stop for a moment their urban time to return to a natural state inside the demarcated space they’ve created. During two days these men form a colony to become others, uninhibited in the compliance of a private place. The photographic images of Natura are hybrid spaces that fluctuate between documentary and fiction, spontaneity and mise-en-scène. They are snapshots that recreate a compensation form of man’s life on earth, referring to liberty in a specific context.