THERE ARE NO ITEMS
Author: VV. AA.
Binding: Softcover with flaps
Size: 24 x 30 cm
Language: Bilingual ENG/SPA
Year of publication: 2021
The walls of an architecture in ruins, scored and discolored by saltpeter, in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Cuba, Mexico, bear the wounds of time and the traces of political struggles…
The stones of the ancient civilizations were torn up and divested of their coloring to construct the modernist utopia, but neither urban ghosts nor the specter of revolution have saved Latin America from the abyss of violence.
The Mexican Revolution, the very first of the twentieth century, would deteriorate into the soft-handed dictatorship (dictablanda) of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional). A few decades later, the hopes of the Cuban revolution would be mired in disillusionment. In other parts of the hemisphere, attempts at consolidating democracy were dragged down by authoritarian regimes and civil war. An informal economy has been sustained by the drug trade that also finances guerilla movements and penetrates the very workings of government.
These photographs, many of them scuffed, cropped, scratched and inhabited by the tears of a continent, outline the anatomy of a tortured landscape.