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For the last four years the Mexican photographer Alejandro Cartagena has been taking pictures of the urban expansions the Mexican government is promoting around the industrial city of Monterrey. On the edge of the nine cities that together form the conurbation of Monterrey, 400,000 new dwellings are rising at a lightning rate. Often these houses are built on the cheapest land and in places without adequate infrastructure. Cartagena recorded how the new residents try to make a home for themselves while coping with traffic jams, uncertain water supplies, uncared-for public spaces, vandalism and criminal gangs.
Alejandro Cartagena (Dominican Republic, 1977) took his Masters in Visual Arts at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. In his documentary photography he employs portraits and landscapes to explore social, metropolitan and environmental issues. In 2009 he won the Critical Mass Book Award and Photo District News labelled him one of the thirty most important up-and-coming photographers.
Website Alejandro Cartagena
Price EUR 17,50