Untitled Lost River #20, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

Photography; Inkjet Print, 2008

Artist Statement

"Through the 1960s and 80s many photographers portrayed and centered their work on industrial and suburban sites; the man altered landscape. It is now, 30 years later, that the inevitable action-reaction to those human acts they pictured would start to show up. Lost Rivers is a representation of nature's non-beneficiaries of our actual urban well-being. In the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León, some rivers and streams have dried out or are in the process of drying after Monterrey's metropolitan area erupted its urban growth and its demand for water. These dried up streams and rivers are one of many unintended consequences of wrongly implemented economical strategies. Relying less on irony and more on a romantic representation of decay, Lost Rivers is a social comment on contemporary Mexican unplanned urban development."

Untitled Lost River #20, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project

Photography; Inkjet Print, 2008

     
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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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