Gaby Messina – Lima, KM 100

June 2, 2010

I missed the recent show Lima, KM 100 by Gaby Messina of her over-the-top portraits from a small town called Lima located 100km from Buenos Aires.

Bride by Gaby Messina from the series Lima, KM 100

Hairdressers by Gaby Messina, from the series Lima, KM 100

Gaucho by Gaby Messina, from the series Lima, KM 100

My favorites from the series are the simplest, most direct photos that just show the town’s inhabitants in their homes, places of work, or on the street. Most of the photos in the series ramp up the absurdity considerably. In the text Messina describes her working process:

I visited Lima every week for two years. At the beginning, I was received with skepticism and at the time there was nothing I could do to change that…. However, they started to know me little by little and vice versa. Some of my pictures started going around the town and the good sense of humor of the people made them want to participate on my project, every time more and more…

There’s a book available on the project. Messina also has on her website a couple of other projects, Grandes Mujeres, showing elderly women looking fabulous and Alma Gemelas, featuring portraits of twins.

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