Daniela Rossell: Ricas y Famosas: Mexico [Daniela Rossell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. See the super-rich in their vast. Daniela Rossell (born , Mexico City) is a Mexican photographer that uses her work to The photographic series Daniela Rossell is best known for is Ricas y Famosas (Rich and Famous), which spanned over the years and. Photographer Daniela Rossell brings us tales of the polar opposite segment of Mexican society with her series Ricas y Famosas, which depicts.

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Ricas y famosas

Her careful compositions are replete with extreme angles and mirrored reflections and establish telling relationships between her characters and their environment. Every decorative detail – from the seemingly omnipresent gilded mirrors and chandeliers and the eclectic mix of architectural citations and faux period furniture, to the idealizing family portraits, the colonies of taxidermist animals and stuffed toy-pets populating every room dzniela speaks of the vulgar excesses, indulgence and self-celebration of extreme but newly gained wealth.

Rossell describes the images as the result of a close collaboration between photographer and model; the women eicas free to choose how they wished to be represented.

Hollywood and consumerism emerge as the only points of reference ficas these women caught in the trappings of their own wealth and narcissism.


Their famosad and representation is squarely aligned with the likes of movie stars and models. As Rossell points out, “wealthy women in Mexico are prisoners of their houses, style and excess. Most of them live in the salon. They really want to look American, like what you see on TV, and they go to a lot of work to accomplish that. Although not identified as such by Rossell, who prefers for her subjects to remain anonymous, famosad of the portrayed are somehow related to members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled and exploited Mexico from towhile claiming to represent the impoverished populace.

Daniela Rossell: Ricas y Famosas at Blaffer Gallery

The moralizing and political subtext of abiding class disparities is obvious and inescapable. If the allusion to corrupt political governance and the possibly questionable sources of the wealth on display is oblique, the fleet of servant and maids operating in the background serves as a clear reminder of the manpower needed to spin the wheels of the lives of the rich. She is, after all, by birth one of them, famoass grown up on a very ornamented estate with fiberglass replicas of Olmec heads in the garden.

But unlike them, Rossell is conscious of the artificially constructed existences of these appointed or self-proclaimed princesses and harem ladies and their complete remove from the everyday reality of life in a Mexico. Daniela Rossell was born in in Mexico City.


In she enrolled in acting classes at the Nueclo de Estudes Teatrales, while attending the American School Foundation. In she took up undergraduate studies of painting at the National School of Visual Arts in Mexico City, but soon dropped out to pursue photography. Since she has had solo exhibitions in galleries and museums in Mexico City, New York, Miami, Salamanca Munich and San Antonio and numerous group exhibitions all over the world.

She lives and works in Mexico City.

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Hommage to a Mexican poet.