Catherine Edelman Gallery is thrilled to welcome Alejandro Cartagena to our roster of artists! Alejandro Cartagena is a Mexican artist born in 1977 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He lives and works in Monterrey, in northeastern Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues.
In his series Carpoolers, Cartagena documents pickup trucks driving along the highway that connects Nuevo Laredo. Mexico to Laredo, TX. From a highway overpass, he photographed men and children sleeping or crammed together in the back of open-aired flatbed trucks, revealing the length to which laborers go to make a living, despite it being Illegal and dangerous.
His work has been exhibited internationally in spaces including the Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain in Paris and the Center for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona. His work is part of public and private collections including the SFMOMA in San Francisco, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Harry Ransom Center at UT Texas and the Eastman Museum in Rochester NY and among others.