Behind the scenes with Alice Driver

by Madiha Kark

MEXICO CITY — Meet one of the students at Foundry this year, Alice Driver. Dr. Alice Driver is a long-form journalist and an international speaker who focuses on human rights, gender equality, and migration in Latin America. She has received numerous prestigious fellowships and her work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Longreads Originals,  National Geographic, The World Policy Journal, The Guardian, The Texas Observer, Al Jazeera English and many others.

Driver’s project focuses on La Calle de la Belleza or “Street of Beauty” in La Merced. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Mexico City and was a center of sex work and commerce since the conquest. Today, women get all kinds of beauty treatments; like waxing, eyelash curling, eyebrow ironing, tattooed makeup and nails. She is interested in exploring the constructs of gender and beauty on this street particularly focusing on makeup tattooing and nail art.

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Alice working on her project. Photo © Madiha Kark
A stall owner shows Alice the intricate nail art. Photo © Madiha Kark


Alice on assignment. Photo ©Madiha Kark


Alice photographs a woman filing her nails. Photo: ©Madiha Kark



A close up picture of the nail art. Photo ©Alice Driver





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