Throughout history, Mexico has inspired numerous international photographers and artists, such as Sergei Eisenstein, Paul Strand, Tina Modotti, Bernard Plossu, Robert Capa and, more recently, Francis Alÿs, Susan Meiselas, Simon Norfolk, etc. Mexico left a trail in their work, and they, in turn, left a trail in the history of Mexican photography and visual arts.

It is within this tradition that Sébastien Van Malleghem (°1986), Lara Gasparotto (°1989), An-Sofie Kesteleyn (°1988) and Gert Verbelen (°1987) are travelling to Mexico City during the Photo Festival. For one month, the four Belgian visual artists will criss-cross this giant city, and capture the characteristics of this metropolis as seen through their eyes. Inspired by the Mexican death cult, SÉBASTIEN VAN MALLEGHEM examines the relationship with death in the contemporary Mexican megalopolis. An-Sofie Kesteleyn and GERT VERBELEN infiltrate the Mexican youth culture. Verbelen shows us how young people unite and rebel against the establishment in response to the unfair social, political and economic conditions in present-day Mexico. Unlike Verbelen, AN-SOFIE KESTELEYN focuses on the daily life of the current generation of young, elite people, growing up in extreme opulence and wealth in a city where socio-economic inequality is constantly on the rise. And, finally, LARA GASPAROTTO shows us her experiences: spontaneous, but rough photography, sometimes provocative, sometimes intimate.

Their photo-reportages are presented in the Mexico Megalopolis exhibition, by means of a monumental and interactive media wall in the Cultuurcentrum Scharpoord (Scharpoord Cultural Centre). Through the media wall, we will receive news flashes, tweets and posts about Mexico in real time, and will be able to closely follow the images, movements and impressions of the photographers!

From 26 March to 1 May 2016 inclusive, the photo series will also be exclusively published in the weekend edition of De Standaard and DS Online (

This project was realized in cooperation with Nikon, De Standaard and the tech company Fisheye.