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Before the War.
2nd Edition.

Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena. Edited by Fernando Gallegos.
Self-Published, Mexico, 2015. In English. 102 pp., 1 booklet, 1 poster, 1 foldout Risograph, Offset printing., 11¾x9¼".

Publisher's Description

Now in its second edition.

In 2008 the war against the drug cartels erupted in México. The State of Nuevo León in northeastern México became an increasingly violent place. The book project is a compilation of images and texts that obsessively revisit places where the war was eventually fought and look for signs of an evil that lay underneath but was invisible to everyone´s eyes at the moment these images were shot.

In his new book “Before the War” Alejandro Cartagena uses images from his personal archive shot from 2005 to 2007 and sourced material to evoke places and people who were affected by the war on drugs that erupted in 2008 in Mexico. More than 80,000 people have died since. There are no real answers to what actually happened and who the guilty are. Thought out of as an book object that could work as a symbolic portrayal of the of lack of transparency and the confronting standpoints of those involved in the conflict, the book ultimately speaks of the confusion and the underlining sense of defenselessness that permeated the war.

Signed "A.C. 2015" on outside of envelope.

Printed in an edition of 250.

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