7 days ago
"These colossal beasts invade Mexico City every year. It's an event known as 'La Noche de los Alebrijes,' or 'The Night of the Alebrijes.'
The Alebrijes are fantastical creatures. They're big, with some of them towering over 4 m (13.12 ft) tall. And they're very colorful. They march through the parade, which has a carnival-like atmosphere with people wearing costumes, and surrounded by music. And then they peacefully line up Mexico City's most prominent boulevard so people can vote for the one they like. After all, these are amateur Alebrijes, and the event is a contest.
Every year, the Museo de Arte Popular (@map_mexico), or Popular Art Museum, makes an open invitation to all Alebrije artisans. And since these compositions are expensive to create, several businesses are also invited to help sponsor aspiring participants.
Just making it here is a success. If the Alebrijes aren’t adequately proportioned, they will break before leaving the workshop. And they must endure the weather. The event is held after the rainy season is over, but still, they're out here on the street with no protection. For them, it is the survival of the fittest. And the most beautiful.
Those who win are retrofitted and improved, supervised by master Alebrije artisans. And once ready, they travel the world, honoring Mexican handcrafts and folk art. Just recently, some of them moved to France." - Comrade (the human)
"Step into Eldorado in 2019, featuring Mexico as guest of honour, with its contemporary artists and the richness of its popular cultures." - @lille3000
"If they're so tall, 🤔 they'll be able to reach the kitchen counter. And while the hoomans are distracted by their colors, the Alebrijes can give us some food! 😋 Yay!" - Sinatra
➡️ Alebrijes in Lille, France photos by @soyjoms and @frenchwanderers
📷: @soyjoms @frenchwanderers
📢: @map_mexico @lille3000
#️⃣: #ElDoradoLille at Glorieta del Ángel