New Multimedia: Alejandro Cartagena: Suburbia Mexicana

March 2, 2011

“Alejandro Cartagena photographs the particularities of the suburbs of Monterrey, Mexico reflecting a general disregard for planning. Over the years, various governmental policies resulted in new, decentralized cities with limited infrastructures where the pursuit of immediate financial gain trumped any interest in sustainability. Cartagena captures both the destruction that rapid urbanization has imposed on the landscape and the phenomenon of densely packed housing.  Only the landscape appears capable of limiting their proliferation, the mountains and rivers the only forces able to contain their sprawl. “ Text adapted from the Introduction by Karen Irvine, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago. Co-published with Photolucida.

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