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Book of the Week: A Pick by Alejandro Cartagena


Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Alejandro Cartagena Alejandro Cartagena selects Moisés by Mariela Sancari as Book of the Week.
Moisés. By Mariela Sancari.
La Fabrica, 2015.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from Alejandro Cartagena who has selected Moisés by Mariela Sancari from La Fabrica.

"'A typology of portraits of men in their 70's, the age of my father if he were alive' is the short description that sends us into a book that is so simple in its conceptual structure that it creeps you out to how effective it is in making us feel the author's many years of dealing with loss. The first time I saw the book, it was actually still a dummy in process but immediately it transported me into the sensation of wanting desperately to find someone you love but who is gone. Not having gotten to see that person for the last time dragged out a feeling in Mariela of not wanting to let go and these portraits position us in her shoes; in that place where you get a psychologically driven glimpse of that missing someone and how you want to obsessively check be sure if it's them or not. The book's sequencing is like looking for someone with Mariela, hand in hand searching and hoping one of these old men might bring her closure to an unresolved struggle that hurts like hell."—Alejandro Cartagena

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Moisés. By Mariela Sancari. La Fabrica, 2015.
Moisés. By Mariela Sancari. La Fabrica, 2015.


Alejandro Cartagena lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of several museums including the SFMOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Museum of Fine arts Houston, the Portland Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Rio, Brazil, the Fototeca de Nuevo Leon, Mexico and the Fototeca Nacional in Pachuca, Mexico. His latest book is titled Before the War.


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