Alejandro Cartagena

Monterrey, MX

Alejandro Cartagena’s (b. 1977, Dominican Republic) projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues. Rooted in the formalistic style of documentary photography, Cartagena critically examines Mexico’s drive towards economic development whilst contrasting yearning for a fairer world in which to live. His 2014 series Car Poolers - which featured a birds-eye-view of workers commuting in the beds of pickup trucks - received widespread critical acclaim and was featured in The New York Times, amongst other international publications. Archival and found pictures form the basis for his latest body of work which explores ‘invisible’, vulnerable people who are displaced in the midst of current political vitriol.

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