Suburbia Mexicana (Daylight/photolucida)

Title: Suburbia Mexicana

Photographer/s: Alejandro Cartagena

Contributor/s: Karen Irvine, Gerardo Montiel Klint, Lisa Uddin

Date of publication: 2011

Place of publication: United States

Dimensions: 9 x 11 inches

Type of binding: Hardcover

Number of pages: 108

Number of pictures: 36

Publisher: Daylight/Photolucida

Language: English, Spanish

ISBN: 978 0 983 2316 0 8

Price: $29.95

Summary: Alejandro Cartagena photographs the particularities of the suburbs of Monterrey, Mexico which are relatively new and often hastily built, 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. He takes pictures of dried-up river beds that attest to the water misallocation and depletion brought about by the construction, and he depicts perpetual rows of tiny houses slicing directly into the foothills of the picturesque mountains that surround Monterrey. Only the landscape appears capable of limiting their proliferation, the mountains and rivers the only forces able to contain their sprawl. Ultimately Cartagena documents the chaos and destruction that result from scant or misguided urban planning. He lives in downtown Monterrey, and he cares deeply about its land, its people, and its future. Understanding that overdevelopment is not just a local problem, he works hard as an artist to share his photographs as one clear plea for responsible, sustainable development in a rapidly changing world.

- Text adapted from the Introduction by Karen Irvine, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography

Date and place of birth of photographer/s: 1977, Dominican Republic

Website: http://alejandrocartagena.com

Book link: http://www.daylightmagazine.org/store/alejandro-cartagena-suburbia-mexicana

Donated by: Photolucida

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Larissa Leclair and the Indie Photobook Library have been invited to participate in Colby Museum of Art’s community day on April 11, 2015. The focus is on the book. Come join us for lectures,  a free workshop, book fair, and pop-up library.

Colby Museum of Art at Colby College
5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, Maine 04901
207-859-5600
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Museum William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby and Mirken Education Center
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SCHEDULE
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1:15 pm–2 pm
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Food and drink will be available in the lobby at 12:30 pm.

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