Alejandro Cartagena lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues.
He is a bookmaker, self-publishing and co publishing world wide. Some of his books include, A Small Guide to Homeownership, The Velvet Cell, 2020, We Love Our Employees, Gato Negro 2019, Los Sumergidos, self-published 2019, A Guide to Infrastructure and Corruption, The Velvet Cell, 2017, Rivers of Power, Newwer, 2016, Santa Barbara Return Jobs to US, Skinnerboox, 2016, Before the War, Self-published, 2015, Carpoolers, Self-published with support of the FONCA Grant, 2014.
Alejandro’s pictures in this project, since the beginning, have channeled that fear of fire, the engulfing heat, the insatiable flames, devouring everyone and everything, leaving charred scars behind.
Now, it’s 2020, and the American President has become a 24-7-365-attention-gathering-machine, shattering norms, breeding racism. And California’s fires have gotten worse each year.
So what now? If Alejandro can see the future? How is this book, the last in the trilogy, different and new? Well, it’s confident in its bleak outlook. All jangled cuts and charged-up juxtapositions. Nothing friendly emerges, nowhere calm to rest your weary nerves.
Jonathan Blaustein in his introduction
By The Way
Lou Reed – There is No Time from the album New York. New York is the fifteenth solo studio album by American musician Lou Reed, released in January 1989 by Sire Records.
Book Specs: Designed by Milo Montelli and Alejandro Cartagena; Cover Type by Valentina Casali; Text by Jonathan Blaustein; Edition of 750 with 50 limited edition with 2 prints; 23×34cm; 112 Pages; Hotfoil Velvet Softcover; ISBN 978-88-94895-41-4.