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Built To Ruin: Between Invisibility and Suburbia

Photographer
Alejandro Cartagena
Price
$10.00
Date
2020
Publisher
Small Walker Press
Format
Monographs
ISBN
9781999086053
Size
15 × 21 cm
Length
56 pp
Genre
Photography, Environment
Description

Alejandro Cartagena’s photographs of recently built Mexican suburbs, ask us to look at this phenomenon of the suburban environs and how it has fueled variously the need for solutions to overcrowded cities, or the desire to form and incorporate community living where replication and anonymity are the rule rather than the exception. Viewing these images is not to experience them in any profound, lived way, but instead, to see how through the lens of a discerning photographer, we can construct and project a mythology of place. Our interpretive tools are often the ones that we share with fiction or film, to think of Tim Conley’s essay, from episodic narratives, picaresque vignettes to cinematic spectacle. The legends Nicholas Hauck has composed to accompany Cartagena’s photographs add poetic poignancy to the suburban fabric of vernacular modernism.

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