Maria Gil Mendoza (1990) is a Mexican photographer focused on textures with a background in industrial design & textiles, and holds a MA in Critical Fashion Practices. Her practice revolves around the decolonial mindset and how it can be portrayed through an interdisciplinary collaborative lens. By re-directing her photography as a medium to show undervalued stories, she aims to move from cultural appropriation and towards ways of cultural appreciation within the fashion industry.
Through the cultural clusterfuck of past experiences, she developed the Haptic_Heritage Project which documents traditional textiles (and artisans) through photography and opens channels for ethical co-creation between artisans and creatives. She was also a finalist at the Fashion Clash Festival 2019 in The Netherlands, as well as collective exhibitions in Mexico, UK, and the NL. Some of her work has been featured in The Fashion Studies Journal and the cover of Briki Magazine.
With fashion photography being so objectified and flat, there is a greater urge to bring fashion imagery a step further, to give it deeper meaning. By incorporating movement in traditional photography to create a stronger meaning, showing how distortion can be a way to search for and reinterpret beauty and its concept.