Berlin, Germany: The Velvet Cell, 2017. color plates, cardboard boards, with embossed title, sewn and taped binding, + 1 card inserted in envelope tipped-in in inner verso board, numbered and signed, + 1 separate booket titled "V Epilogue." Item #105208
SIGNED, LIMITED AND NUMBERED EDITION 442 / 450 of photobook by Alejandro Cartagena (b Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1977, lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico) that documents the urban growth that transforms open countryside into suburbia. When freeways, railways and other public works have been determined to be necessary by the city planners, this construction takes precedent over individual land ownership and rights, the "eminent domain" rules are evoked. The social-economic impact of this type of urban transformation of the imposing power of infrastructure is defined by Cartagena as "Their view is a permanent view of "progress"". NOTE: The separate booklet title “V. The Epilogue” comprises images of people who have been hung from the highway overpasses, ghastly images not displayed in the Mexican media. CONTENTS: Chapter 1. The road you take -- Chapter 2. The dispossessed – Chapter 3. Where to cross – Chapter 4. Structural corruption -- Epilogue. LIMITED EDITION OF 450 COPIES.