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The Socio-Economic and Environmental Impact of Suburban Growth on Workers in Mexico: Two Photographic Projects by Alejandro Cartagena

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Cynthia Marie Canejo ,

University of North Carolina at Asheville, US
About Cynthia Marie
Dr. Canejo has received funding for studies which have emphasized innovative aspects of Latin American artists. Her work has drawn attention to the inspired works of Brazilian, Mexican, and Latinx contemporary artists.
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Kyle Sherard

North Carolina State, US
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Abstract

Alejandro Cartagena, a contemporary Mexican photographer (born in the Dominican Republic), created two interconnected photographic projects. The first, Suburbia Mexicana (2006-2009), investigates issues that arose related to the unforeseen effects of low-income housing developments established in the urban periphery of Monterrey, Mexico, on the working class. The second project, Carpoolers (2011-2012), focuses on the appearance of a distinctive type of carpooling employed by worker-owners due to the lack of public transportation to these isolated tract-home subdivisions. Through the two projects, Cartagena examines how government-subsidized suburban growth impacted the day-to-day lives of workers. In illustrating various stages of housing construction, portraying worker-owners and their families, and documenting a method of ride-sharing, the artist shows not only his concerns about issues related to the environment, construction, and remote locations, but also the strength and character of the new suburban residents and their resourcefulness in finding practical methods for personalizing their homes and managing their daily commute.

 

Alejandro Cartagena, el fotógrafo mexicano contemporáneo (nacido en la República Dominicana), creó dos proyectos fotográficos interconectados. El primero, Suburbia Mexicana (2006–2009), investiga temas relacionados con los imprevistos efectos en la clase trabajadora ejercidos por su ocupación de los nuevos recintos de viviendas para residentes de bajos ingresos establecidos en la periferia urbana de Monterrey, México. El segundo proyecto, Carpoolers (2011–2012), se centra en la aparición de un tipo distintivo de compartir vehículos (carpooling) utilizado por los trabajadores-propietarios de casas, debido a la falta de transporte público a aquellas aisladas zonas. En ambos proyectos, Cartagena examina cómo el crecimiento suburbano subsidiado por el gobierno impactó en la vida cotidiana de los trabajadores. Al ilustrar varias etapas de la construcción de las viviendas, retratar a los trabajadores-propietarios y sus familias y documentar el método de viaje compartido específico, el artista muestra no solo sus preocupaciones por temas relacionados con el medio ambiente, la construcción y las ubicaciones remotas, sino también la fuerza y el carácter de los nuevos residentes suburbanos y su ingenio para encontrar métodos prácticos para personalizar sus hogares y efectuar sus viajes diarios.

 

How to Cite: Canejo, C.M. and Sherard, K., 2022. The Socio-Economic and Environmental Impact of Suburban Growth on Workers in Mexico: Two Photographic Projects by Alejandro Cartagena. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies, 6(1), pp.97–127.
Published on 28 Jun 2022.
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