suburbia MEXICANA photographs by alejandro cartagena
cause and effect
by alejandro cartagena
In Suburbia Mexicana, Alejandro Cartagena seeks a new way in which the subject of urban growth can be addressed and photographically represented. Mimicking the method of physicological free association, he pursues the causes and effects of the new suburban sprawl in the Metropolitan area of Monterrey in northeastern Mexico. At first glance, his ideas seem to look for no immediate voluntary intellectual reasoning, moving freely from one aspect to another in order to encompass a body of work that allows him to explore new boundaries of his initial conjecture. If we think of our urban landscapes as a reflection of society and as Robert Park has written that “the city is man’s most successful attempt to remake the world he lives in more after his heart’s desire” then we can assert that with Cartagena’s engagement in this project, with such diverse and unrestricting forms, he has succeeded in moving closer to our contemporary way of pursuing information and revealing unconscious facts about how the modern urban process works.