Cholombianos: An exhibition documenting the unusually authentic style of a sub culture in Mexico throughout the time the drug violence was engulfing the country. Their folkloric and seemingly patriotic approach making and creating every part of their style often personally is endearing and fresh in when streetstyle seems to be getting more homogeneous and less individual.
British photographer and fashion designer, Amanda Watkins behind the project: When I first started going to Mexico in 2007 Monterrey was a very safe conservative city, I spotted these guys downtown playing Cumbia music beside the river and dancing with their own band. Social classes do not mix there at all and it is easy to see that immediately, there were crucial different cultural elements to take in. At first they were quite cool and distant with me, not unfriendly but it took a while to become relaxed on both sides really.
I was surprised at how brave the style of the boys was, they really dared to create an impact.
Although in a way I was pretty scared I found it really refreshing and exciting also, I made friends with a couple of the guys and they took me to more risky downtown areas and markets and I started to be accepted, I was always the only foreigner around.
I continued to return to their parties and go to areas around that city that I otherwise would never have ventured into, that for me was a great way to see the city and their culture.