Sun setting over the Sierra Madre mountains on Lake Chapala near Ajijic, Mexico.

Xill Fessenden - Photographer

Xill Fessenden's life and work have been highlighted by the desire to discover new possibilities and capture for posterity that one fleeting moment of truth. A photographer who works in both film and digital media, Fessenden moved permanently to Mexico in 1985 after she had been captivated by the mystery and light of the country as it was reflected in the human scene. Here, she chose the life of an artist in addition to teaching photography at the Instituto Cultural Cabanas in Guadalajara; she later co-directed the Centro Ajijic de Bellas Artes, where she curated major art and photographic exhibits. Xill has been a photographer for over 40 years and maintains her own color and black and white darkrooms in her studio, in addition to a computer lab for digital work. She has exhibited shows at major museums and galleries and is in the photographic collection of Banamex. Today she is best know for her photographs of the indigenous P'urepecha communities in the highlands of Michoacan, and she's participated in the spiritual ceremonies of the Huichol Indians and traveled throughout the Zapotec and Mixtec communities of Oaxaca. Her Mexico discoveries continue to transform both her photographic art and her life.

Contact Information:
Phone: (Mexico) 376-766-3703
Studio Vision - Aldama 3B, Ajijic, Jalisco

Mexican child standing in front of old lady, both dressed in clothing of the indigenous indians. Hummingbird in front of human hand shot with high-speed photography. Blue Horse acrylic painting on canvas.
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"El Embarazo"
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Brightly coloured photograph of altar with Madonna background. Closeup of young Mexican girl holding a pewter key to her lips. Black and white photo of human body on bed with giant snail head photoshopped in.
"Guadalupe Altar"
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Custom sizes on photographic paper, gyclee canvas or watercolor paper.
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Events and Holidays 2014

Annual Gala - Feb 6, 2013
Behind the Walls Tour - Ajijic - Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 22 (34th Annual)
Chili Cook Off - Ajijic - 2014 Feb 22, 23, 24
Mardi Gras - Mar 3 - 8
Benito Juárez Birthday - the third Monday in March
Labor Day - May 1
Independence Day - September 16
Revolution Day - the third Monday in November
Christmas Day - December 25

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