Overview participating exhibitions

Awarded Commitment
2012

Awarded Commitment

Javier Arcenillas

SICARIOS - LATIN AMERICAN ASSASSINS

One of the most popular and respected professions in Latin America is that of the sicarios: the hit man or assassin. Prices are variable for killing someone and can range from as little as $20 up to tens of thousands. In Guatemala, Salvador and Mexico many young people, including minors, are seduced by the lure of easy money and the respect and fear that comes with the job. In 2009, there were over 21,000 murders at the hands of thugs in Latin America. The killers lead violent lives and suffer the consequences. The life expectancy for the young sicarios is 27 years.

  • SICARIOS - LATIN AMERICAN ASSASSINS

    One of the most popular and respected professions in Latin America is that of the sicarios: the hit man or assassin. Prices are variable for killing someone and can range from as little as $20 up to tens of thousands. In Guatemala, Salvador and Mexico many young people, including minors, are seduced by the lure of easy money and the respect and fear that comes with the job. In 2009, there were over 21,000 murders at the hands of thugs in Latin America. The killers lead violent lives and suffer the consequences. The life expectancy for the young sicarios is 27 years.

  • SICARIOS - LATIN AMERICAN ASSASSINS

    A boy passing by the dead body of Aurora Ramos who was executed by a sicario in zone 8 of Guatemala City. Presumably she owed him money.

Biography

Javier Arcenillas (Spain) is freelance photographer, member of Gea Photowords. He develops humanitarian essays where the main characters are integrated in societies that borders and sets upon any reason or (human) right in a world that becomes increasingly more and more indifferent. 

Website Arcenillas