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Mexico City With Tigre Escobar

The photographer shares his favorite places and how Mexico City inspires his art

Mexico City With Tigre Escobar

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Colombian photographer Tigre Escobar found his craft at art school — and “by accident,” he says. After a first encounter with the images of William Eggleston, Tigre started shaping his practice around the language of color. In his documentary project,Proud Humans,’ he captures Latin America’s transgender community in portraits of the subjects in their personal space, inviting a sense of familiarity to the viewer. Based between New York and Mexico City, Tigre shares with A Hotel Life his impressions of the vivid and multilayered Mexican capital and his favorite places to see people and beauty.

What is your earliest memory of Mexico City? 

Walking Amsterdam avenue for the first time and thinking how incredible it was to feel part of this colossal city and feel like this place could be home.

What is your wildest memory of Mexico City? 

Nights on the dancefloor of M. N. Roy.

How would you describe Mexico City to someone that’s never been? 

An unpredictable yet familiar place with an unprecedented quality of life. Walking under ancient trees in neighborhoods that feel like little small towns with a sense of Latin identity will capture those who can see beyond what’s evident. 

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M. N. Roy. Image courtesy of M. N. Roy
M. N. Roy. Image courtesy of M. N. Roy
M. N. Roy. Image courtesy of M. N. Roy
M. N. Roy. Image courtesy of M. N. Roy

How does Mexico City inspire your work and your creativity? 

There is fantastic momentum of creative synergy in Mexico City. You can share a standard frequency with people that arrive here and vibrate with the city. This shared experience is most stimulating. The town’s vibrant personality and the people allow you to flourish creatively and add to whatever purpose you have in life.

A day at Parque Quetzalcoatl. Image by Tigre Escobar
A day at Parque Quetzalcoatl. Image by Tigre Escobar
Pola Weiss' video works as part of  'Beyond the trees' exhibition at the Tamayo Museum. Image courtesy of Tamayo Museum
Pola Weiss' video works as part of 'Beyond the trees' exhibition at the Tamayo Museum. Image courtesy of Tamayo Museum

"Mexico City’s vibrant personality and the people allow you to flourish creatively and add to whatever purpose you have in life."

Museo Jumex in Colonia Granada
Museo Jumex in Colonia Granada
Tienda MAP highlights hyperlocal talent. Image courtesy of Tienda MAP
Tienda MAP highlights hyperlocal talent. Image courtesy of Tienda MAP

Want to have the best recommendations in Mexico City at our fingertips? We pinned all Tigre Escobar’s favorite places plus dozens of handpicked restaurants, bars, hotels, clubs, shops, markets, museums, and much more in a super user-friendly map you can save directly to your devices.

Where do you go to see beauty and people?

On the days I need to be in front of the laptop, HAAB is a co-working space catering to Mexico City’s creative industry. Amsterdam avenue is my refuge. Go for a walk and wander into Parque, Mexico, to buy fresh mangos from the street vendors. One of my favorite spots for inspiration would be Parque Quetzalcoatl. Architect Javier Senosiain’s brainchild will take you on a ride of colors, curves, and nature. I would stop for the best coffee in La Roma, called Costela Cafe, on the way back. Then, stop at the Tienda MAP to shop for some hyper-local talent, and Cineteca is a great movie theater for some R&R. 

For a dose of culture, visit  Museo Jumex, Tamayo Museum, and the National Museum of Anthropology. Check out the opening nights at  Kurimanzutto Gallery in the San Miguel Chapultepec, where you will most likely run into the city’s most fantastic group of artists and curators. Kurimanzutto’s roster includes some of the most profound artists in Mexico.

Start with dinner at Botanico in la Condesa for a fun night out, set in a luscious garden. This spot is perfect for a fun dinner with plenty of people watching; once dinner is over, it is time to “brillar baldoza” — polish the dance floor. For me, the mandatory first stop would be the Club San Luis, an authentic Salsa, and Cumbia spot, and end the night at M. N. Roy, just half a block from Club San Luis. 

The images below are from Tigre Escobar’s project ‘Proud Humans,’ shot in Mexico City

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