Art

Eye Mask: Mexico with Naima Green

Kat Herriman

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The Gran Hotel with a stained glass window designed by Jacques Gruber in 1908.

Naima Green and I first met on the set of our Terence Nance cover shoot. She arrived earlier than me and was already set by the time I even arrived. We got a drink afterwards near hers and she told me she was going to move to Mexico City and leave New York behind for a little. In my experience there are two kinds of people, those who threaten to leave and those who actually do. The later have a chutzpah that I’m constantly trying to summon. Green overflows with it. I remember the feeling of her weight in a room and I see it in her images. Like her, they are at once devastatingly serious and exuberantly warm. She brings this quality to her portrait sittings but also her rarer still lifes. Here, she shares a smattering of her first year away from home.

The first time I came to Teotihuacan was in 2017. I remember being there at high noon, hot and in awe. This time, we arrived by 8 am before the tour buses and climbed to the top of Pirámide del Sol.
The first time I came to Teotihuacan was in 2017. I remember being there at high noon, hot and in awe. This time, we arrived by 8 am before the tour buses and climbed to the top of Pirámide del Sol.
It’s my first time making a home outside of NY. Mexico City has welcomed us; this city teaches me daily about taking true breaks and finding great pleasure in that which already is.
It’s my first time making a home outside of NY. Mexico City has welcomed us; this city teaches me daily about taking true breaks and finding great pleasure in that which already is.
Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura when I discovered it was under construction.
Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura when I discovered it was under construction.
Found on the edge of Bosque de Chapultepec
Found on the edge of Bosque de Chapultepec
A weekend in Valle de Bravo.
A weekend in Valle de Bravo.