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Alejandro Cartagena

Alejandro Cartagena

b. 1977, Dominican Republic / Mexico

Short Bio

Alejandro Cartagena lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. He is an artist, teacher and promoter of photography. His projects are primarily documentary based, and employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues in Latin America. His work also engages with a larger history of photography by reinterpreting or rethinking the ways in which poignant issues have been addressed or represented in the past. This has widened his works´ aesthetic and conceptual approach and added layers of meaning to his complex interpretations of our society.

Cartagena's work has been exhibited and published internationally, and is in several public and private collections in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, and the United States. He is the recipient of several major national grants, numerous honorable mentions and acquisition prizes in Mexico and abroad.

Website

www.alejandrocartagena.com

Contact

halecar@alejandrocartagena.com

Education

  • MA, Visual Arts, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León, Mexico (present)
  • BA, Universidad Mexicana del Noreste, Mexico 1995-1999

Collections

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, USA
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
  • Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, USA
  • Joaquim Paiva Collection, Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • Sinafo/ Fototeca Nacional del Inah, Pachuca Hidalgo, Mexico
  • Fototeca del Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Instituto de Cultura de Yucatán, Mexico
  • Fondo de la Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León, CONARTE, Monterrey
  • Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico

Recent Solo Exhibitions

Circuit Gallery, Suburbia Mexicana, Featured Exhibition CONTACT Festival, Toronto, ON (2011)

Flanders Gallery, Suburbia Mexicana (curated by Daylight), Raleigh, NC (2011)

Alianza Francesa de Guatemala, People of Suburbia (2011)

Univeridad de Nuevo Leon, Dulces Intenciones, Mexico (2011)

Suburbia Mexicana, Bluesky Gallery, Portland OR, USA (2010)

Suburbia Mexicana, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA (2010)

Suburbia Mexicana, Monterrey International Airport, Monterrey, Mexico (2010)

Suburbia Mexicana, curated by Daylight, Lishui Foto Festival, Lishui, China (2009)

Suburbia Mexicana, Galeria de la Ciudad, La Depravación de lo Habitual, Aguascalientes, Mexico (2009)

Suburbia Mexicana, Centro arte paiz, Foto 30 Photo Festival, La Depravación de lo Habitual, Guatemala City (2009)

Ciudad, Casa Escorza, Guadalajara, Mexico (2008)

Identidad Nuevo León, Museo Regional de San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico (2008)

Identidad Nuevo León, Centro Cultural Gómez Morín, Querétaro, Mexico (2007)

Identidad Nuevo León, Museo de Arte San Pedro, Puebla, Mexico (2007)

Ciudad, curated by Domingo Valdivieso, Galería Leopoldo Carpinteyro del IMNRC, Monterrey, Mexico (2007)

Espacios Habitables, Sala Hermenegildo Bustos de la Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico (2007)

Identidad Nuevo León, Centro de las Artes de Guanajuato, Salamanca, Mexico (2006)

Identidad Nuevo León, Museo de Arte de Zapópan El MAZ, Jalisco, Mexico (2006)

Identidad Nuevo León, curated by Carlos Aranda Márquez, Fototeca del Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Mexico (2006)

Identidad Nuevo León, curated by Carlos Aranda Márquez, Galerías Monterrey Mall, Monterrey, Mexico (2006)

Espacios Habitables, curated by Marcela Torres, Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico (2006)

Fotografía y Texto, Galería Regia, Monterrey, Mexico (2005)

Fragmentos de la Isla, Palacio Municipal de San Nicolás, San Nicolás, Mexico (2005)

Recent Group Exhibitions

Arizona State Univeristy, Beyond the Fence, AZ (2011)

Museo de Arte Ciudad Juarez/El Paso Museum of Art, Border Art Biennial, El Paso, TX (2011)

Museo Raul Angiano, El Paisaje Anticipado, Guadalajara, MX (2011)

Fototeca de Nuevo Leon CONARTE, Salon de la Fotografia, Monterrey, MX (2011)

Blissland Gallery, See You Soon, Berlin, Germany (2011)

Rubin Center for The Visual Arts, Univeristy of Texas, Border 2010, El Paso, TX, USA (2010)

Centro de la Imagen, XIV Bienal de Fotografia, Mexico City, MX (2010)

Savignano Si Festival of Photography, Naturae, Italy (2010)

Champion Gallery, Altered Landscapes, Austin, TX (2010)

Annenberg Space for Photography, Pictures of the Year Slideshow, Los Angeles, CA (2010)

Fost Gallery, Kl Photo Awards, Singapore (2010)

Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore (2010)

Espacio Cultural Caja Madrid, Domestic by Photographic Social Vision, Spain (2010)

Clark / Oshin Gallery, PDN 30 Emerging Photographers, Mopla, Los Angeles, CA (2010)

Hey Hot Shot 2009, 2nd Edition, Jen Bekman Gallery, NY, USA (2010)

New Directions, Wall Space Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA (2010)

New Directions, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR, USA (2010)

International Discoveries II, Fotofest, Houston, TX, USA (2009)

Feria Internacional de Libros de Artista, Biblioteca de Mexico Fotoseptiembre 2009, Mexico (2009)

The Center for Fine Art Photography, International Exhibition, Fort Collins, CO, USA (2009)

100 Fotógrafos Contemporaneos Mexicanos, Fototeca Nacional, Pachuca, Mexico (2009)

Creación en Movimiento 2007-2008 Fonca Grantees, Centro de las Artes de San Luis Potosí (ENCUENTRO FOTOGRAFICO MEXICO SLP), San Luis Potosí, Mexico (2009)

Reseña 2009, Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León, Salón de Fotografía, Monterrey, Mexico (2009)

Fototeca de Zacatecas, Luz de Plata, Mexico (2009)

DYSTOPIA, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA (2009)

Publications

Suburbia Mexicana, Daylight Community Arts Foundation/ Photolucida, March 2011

Selected Awards and Recognitions

Salon de la Fotografia, Acquisition Prize, Fototeca de Nuevo Leon CONARTE, Monterrey MX (2011)

KLM Paul Huf Award nominee, Foam Museum, Amsterdam (2011)

PDN's 30 Emerging Photographers, NY (2010)

PhotoLucida's Critical Mass Photo Book Award, Winner, Portland, OR (2010)

Center Project Competition, Honorable Mention, Santa Fe, NM (2010)

KL Photoawards, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2010)

KLM Paul Huf Award nominee, Foam Museum, Amsterdam (2010)

Premio Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña Finalist, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2010)

Artwork International INC., Art Business Career Development Grant, Santa Fe, NM, USA (2010)

Hey Hot Shot 2009, Jen Bekman Gallery, NYC, USA (2009)

Critical Mass Photo Book Award, finalist, Photolucida, Portland, OR, USA (2009)

Aperture Portfolio Prize, finalist (2009)

Critical Mass Top 50 Portfolios, Photolucida, Portland, OR, USA (2009)

International Discoveries II, Fotofest, Houston, TX, USA (2009)

International Artist Book Fair, Fotoseptiembre, honorable mention, Mexico (2009)

International Photography Awards 2nd and 3rd place in Architecture, Cityscapes and Interiors, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2009)

En Foco, People Place Thing Competition, honorable mention, NY, USA (2009)

Luz de Plata Photography Prize, finalist, Mexico (2009)

14th Annual Project Competition finalist, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM (2009)

International Photography Awards, honorable mentions Nature, Landscape and Waterscapes categories, and the Fine Art / Landscape categories (2008)

Photolucida Critical Mass International Participant Award, Portland, OR, USA (2008)

Project Competition, honorable mention, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM, USA. Jurors Charlotte Cotton, Chris Pichler, Susan Scandrett (2008)

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention, France (2008)

Critical Mass Top 50 Portfolios, Photolucida, Portland, OR, USA (2007)

Photographic Center North West 2nd Place Award, Juried competition, Juror: Maria Sanchez, Seattle, WA, USA (2007)

FONCA-CONACULTA 2007-2008 National Grant - "Jóvenes Creadores in Photography"

Acquisition prize Reseña Plástica Nuevoleonesa, Salón Fotografía, Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León, Mexico (2007)

Hey Hot Shot's Summer and winter editions, honorable mention, Jen Bekman Gallery, NY, USA (2007)

Premio Descubrimiento Finalist, PHOTOESPAÑA, Madrid, Spain (2007)

VIII Bienal FEMSA, honorable mention, Monterrey, Mexico (2007)

State Grant for the project Identidad: Nuevo León, FONECA 2005 del CONARTE, Mexico

FotoGuanajuato 2004, Best 10 portfolios, Guanajuato, Mexico

Alejandro Cartagena

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  1. Untitled Lost River #1, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #1, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  2. Untitled Lost River #2, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #2, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  3. Untitled Lost River #3, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #3, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  4. Untitled Lost River #4, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #4, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  5. Untitled Lost River #5, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #5, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  6. Untitled Lost River #6, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #6, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  7. Untitled Lost River #7, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #7, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  8. Untitled Lost River #8, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #8, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  9. Untitled Lost River #9, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #9, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  10. Untitled Lost River #10, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #10, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  11. Untitled Lost River #11, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #11, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  12. Untitled Lost River #12, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #12, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  13. Untitled Lost River #13, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #13, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  14. Untitled Lost River #14, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #14, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  15. Untitled Lost River #15, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #15, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  16. Untitled Lost River #16, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #16, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  17. Untitled Lost River #17, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #17, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  18. Untitled Lost River #18, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #18, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  19. Untitled Lost River #19, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #19, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  20. Untitled Lost River #20, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #20, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  21. Untitled Lost River #21, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #21, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  22. Untitled Lost River #23, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #23, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  23. Untitled Lost River #24, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Title: Untitled Lost River #24, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  24. Fragmented Cities, Escobedo

    Title: Fragmented Cities, Escobedo

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  25. Fragmented Cities, Santa Catarina #1

    Title: Fragmented Cities, Santa Catarina #1

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  26. Fragmented Cities, Garcia

    Title: Fragmented Cities, Garcia

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  27. Fragmented Cities, Santa Catarina #2

    Title: Fragmented Cities, Santa Catarina #2

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  28. Fragmented Cities, Juarez #1

    Title: Fragmented Cities, Juarez #1

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  29. Fragmented Cities, Juarez #2

    Title: Fragmented Cities, Juarez #2

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2007

  30. Fragmented Cities, Apodaca

    Title: Fragmented Cities, Apodaca

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2006

  31. Fragmented Cities, Santa Catarina #3

    Title: Fragmented Cities, Santa Catarina #3

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  32. View Of The City Of San Pedro

    Title: View Of The City Of San Pedro

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  33. The Sun Mall in Juarez

    Title: The Sun Mall in Juarez

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2009

  34. Business In Newly Built Suburb In Juarez

    Title: Business In Newly Built Suburb In Juarez

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2009

  35. Girl Coming Home To Suburb In Juarez From A Night Out In The City

    Title: Girl Coming Home To Suburb In Juarez From A Night Out In The City

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2009

  36. Couple Outside The Sun Mall In Juarez Suburb

    Title: Couple Outside The Sun Mall In Juarez Suburb

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2009

  37. Mother With Children In Juarez Suburb

    Title: Mother With Children In Juarez Suburb

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2009

  38. Father With Children After Gathering Wood In Juarez Suburb

    Title: Father With Children After Gathering Wood In Juarez Suburb

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2009

  39. Man Digging Hole To Build A Fence For His New House In Juarez Suburb

    Title: Man Digging Hole To Build A Fence For His New House In Juarez Suburb

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2009

  40. Family Walking Home To Suburb In Juarez

    Title: Family Walking Home To Suburb In Juarez

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2009

  41. Young Man In Car In Juarez Suburb

    Title: Young Man In Car In Juarez Suburb

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2009

  42. Car And Clothes In Juarez Suburb

    Title: Car And Clothes In Juarez Suburb

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2009

  43. Louis Vitton Store In San Pedro

    Title: Louis Vitton Store In San Pedro

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  44. Porsche Dealership In San Pedro

    Title: Porsche Dealership In San Pedro

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  45. Old Car In Juarez Suburb

    Title: Old Car In Juarez Suburb

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  46. Untitled Urban Hole #1

    Title: Untitled Urban Hole #1

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  47. Untitled Urban Hole #2

    Title: Untitled Urban Hole #2

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2008

  48. Untitled Car Poolers #1

    Title: Untitled Car Poolers #1

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2011

  49. Untitled Car Poolers #2

    Title: Untitled Car Poolers #2

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2011

  50. Untitled Car Poolers #3

    Title: Untitled Car Poolers #3

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2011

  51. Untitled Car Poolers #4

    Title: Untitled Car Poolers #4

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2011

  52. Untitled Car Poolers #5

    Title: Untitled Car Poolers #5

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2011

  53. Untitled Car Poolers #6

    Title: Untitled Car Poolers #6

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2011

  54. Untitled Car Poolers #7

    Title: Untitled Car Poolers #7

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2011

  55. Untitled Car Poolers #8

    Title: Untitled Car Poolers #8

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2011

  56. Untitled Car Poolers #9

    Title: Untitled Car Poolers #9

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2011

  57. Untitled Car Poolers #10

    Title: Untitled Car Poolers #10

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2011

  58. Untitled Car Poolers #11

    Title: Untitled Car Poolers #11

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2011

  59. Untitled Car Poolers #12

    Title: Untitled Car Poolers #12

    Artist: Alejandro Cartagena

    Medium: Photography; Inkjet Print

    Date: 2011