Where’s your Sombrero mate? Mexican culture in Victoria


Where’s your Sombrero Mate Coffee Book

We at Misión Méxio love stories. We love telling them, we love listening to them and we love sharing them with the world. In fact, we don’t just love stories; we believe that they are hugely powerful. Story telling has been the way in which humans have communicated with each other since time began; we use them to pass on wisdom, to travel to other times and places, to entertain and to explore who we are in relation to this big bad world we live in. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of story telling is how you tell it using words, photography, art, music and dance.

You can imagine how excited we are then, to be working with Mexican born photographer, Sergio Villasenor Ramirez, the mind behind Smoking Mirror Photography. A fellow story teller and advocate for Mexican culture, he has created a beautiful coffee book with the support of the Mexican Social and Cultural Association in Victoria entitled Where’s your Sombrero mate? to tell the story of Mexican people living in Melbourne, Australia. Not only that, he is donating all proceeds to Misión México!

We asked Sergio why he decided to support us:

“Being a Mexican living in Australia I felt compelled to support Misión México as it felt like I was giving back a little bit to both countries at the same time. Chiapas is a beautiful but one of the poorest places in Mexico; crime and violence run rampant.  The fact that (Australian born) Pam and Alan decided to stay there for good and endure all kind of problems and risks in order to support these kids says a lot about them.  And that is what I like about Misión México: it is an act of love.?

And he has decided to support this act of love with a labour of love. We are incredibly proud to be working with creative story tellers such as Sergio. Please do have a look at his beautiful website: http://www.smokingmirrorphoto.com and his fantastic book Where is your Sombrero mate?. If you do nothing else today, tell someone a story!