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Jesse Siegel

https://www.jessesiegel.com/

Calandkade 162Q, The Hague, Netherlands
Jesse Siegel (b. 1984, Cancun, Mexico) is an artist, writer and organizer currently based in The Hague, NL. He works in printmaking, installation, photography and bookmaking. His works involve a need to both transmit and obscure information via mapping, research and archival tactics. His works often bridge new and old technologies and strategies.

The Computer Resort


Highlighting the paradox in which Cancun is associated not with sandy beaches and four day getaways, but with labor and the systematization of experiences.

The Computer Resort


Highlighting the paradox in which Cancun is associated not with sandy beaches and four day getaways, but with labor and the systematization of experiences.
A visual exploration of Cancun as a new city, after the newness has worn off.
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  • Practical problems

I was born and raised in Cancun, Mexico. Almost uniquely and universally perceived as a tourist destination. My aim is to present the documentation urban development as a marker of place, to give an alternative visual history of Cancun by establishing a macro/micro relationship with the viewer and the place. This strategy of zooming in and out, of the personal and the historically abstract is intended to create a sense of unlearning as to what the viewer might perceive as their pre-established understanding of Cancun. I use the imagery of the INFONAVIT worker’s housing to create a binary correlation between beauty and utilitarianism, highlighting the paradox in which Cancun is associated not with sandy beaches and four day getaways, but with labor and the systematization of experiences. This project is as much a personal exploration of my place growing up within a space that did not entirely account for people to so quickly arrive in large numbers and establish themselves there.


The Computer Resort


Highlighting the paradox in which Cancun is associated not with sandy beaches and four day getaways, but with labor and the systematization of experiences.

The Computer Resort


Highlighting the paradox in which Cancun is associated not with sandy beaches and four day getaways, but with labor and the systematization of experiences.
A visual exploration of Cancun as a new city, after the newness has worn off.
File under
Type of project
  • Practical problems

I was born and raised in Cancun, Mexico. Almost uniquely and universally perceived as a tourist destination. My aim is to present the documentation urban development as a marker of place, to give an alternative visual history of Cancun by establishing a macro/micro relationship with the viewer and the place. This strategy of zooming in and out, of the personal and the historically abstract is intended to create a sense of unlearning as to what the viewer might perceive as their pre-established understanding of Cancun. I use the imagery of the INFONAVIT worker’s housing to create a binary correlation between beauty and utilitarianism, highlighting the paradox in which Cancun is associated not with sandy beaches and four day getaways, but with labor and the systematization of experiences. This project is as much a personal exploration of my place growing up within a space that did not entirely account for people to so quickly arrive in large numbers and establish themselves there.



Idea by

Jesse Siegel
Calandkade 162Q
The Hague
Netherlands
Jesse Siegel (b. 1984, Cancun, Mexico) is an artist, writer and organizer currently based in The Hague, NL. He works in printmaking, installation, photography and bookmaking. His works involve a need to both transmit and obscure information via mapping, research and archival tactics. His works often bridge new and old technologies and strategies.