SOY MI MADRE
2010, Art & Photography: Based on a Film
Written by: Phil Collins (photographer/filmmaker), Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson (text),
P David Ebersole & Todd Hughes(screenwriters)
Published by: Aspen Art Press
Available in: Hardcover
HB ISBN-10: 0934324468, ISBN-13: 978-0934324465
Summary: Glasgow-based artist Phil Collins' film "soy mi madre" examines the immigrant populations of Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley, a sizable percentage of which hail from northwestern Mexico. The region relies heavily on service and maintenance work provided largely through this population, who often commute to work in Aspen. Loosely inspired by Jean Genet's "The Maids" -- a seminal example of Theatre of the Absurd that renders surreal the intricate power dynamics that exist between people of divergent socioeconomic groups and exploits the volatility of social identity -- "soy mi madre" portrays the social realities of this region through the melodramatic lens of the telenovela. Reproduced in this volume through a generous selection of stills, the film uses popular Mexican television crew and experienced film writers, including renowned US telenovela creators P David Ebersole & Todd Hughes and actors Patricia Reyes Spindola, Zaide Silvia Guitérrez, Veronica Langer and Salvador Parra, as well as members of the transsexual prostitute community of Mexico City.