Urban Transportation 15, 2012
Archival pigment print on cotton paper
22 x 14 inches
Retail framed: $2,600
© Alejandro Cartagena; courtesy the artist and Paul Kopeikin Gallery, L.A.
b. 1977, Dominican Republic; lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico
Published as Carpoolers, Cartagena’s series from 2011–2012 is a typology of construction workers and landscapers on their daily commute from the blue-collar suburbs of Monterrey, Mexico to San Pedro, one of the wealthiest communities in Latin America. Though illegal and unsafe, this form of transportation is commonplace in Monterrey’s metropolitan area, and, though speaking to the societal invisibility of workers, also reveals daily rituals of morning coffee, newspapers, and naps shared among commuters of many cities and economic classes.