Suburban Bus



352 pgs, 16,3 x 24 cm
Full Colour, Softcover
ISBN 978-1-908889-84-3
Limited Edition of 500

Between 1993 and 2004, Alejandro Cartagena would commute almost daily on a suburban bus from Monterrey to the suburban city of Juarez and back. Working at his family’s restaurant, he watched the gradual changes happening in Juarez. Between 2000 and 2005, the city went from a population of 66,000 to 144,000. He watched Juarez be eaten up, all through the window of the bus.

On those trips he read, fell asleep, daydreamed of owning a car, and lamented being stuck in this metal creature in the 40-degree heat of northern Mexico. 12 years later, and now a photographer, he decided to take the bus once again to capture the experience thousands of blue-collar suburbanites have every day. What he saw made him reencounter the unintended mental and physical anxieties produced by the unplanned urban development. This book is a story about people wanting a better life in a city characterised by lack; the lack of proper roads, the lack of enough buses, the lack of security inside the buses. Furthermore, 91.6% percent of women experienced sexual assault at least once while traveling on public transport in the Monterrey Area.

Alejandro Cartagena, Mexican (b. 1977, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues. Cartagena’s work has been exhibited internationally in more than 50 group and individual exhibitions and his work is in the collections of several museums including the San Francisco MOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Portland Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art among others.

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Thanks to the following people who made this book possible:

Nick Meyer
Marina Monedero Luna
Stefan Berenbrink
Ross Evertson
Joris Debeij
Gerard Winter-Hughes
Johansen Heidi
Bryan Scrivner
Ray Carns
Valerie Faris
Caroline Culbert
Vania La Rocca
Alida Latham
Allen Thomas
Stacey Baumgarn
Sara Barrett
Lory Johansson
Cynthia Canejo
Eduardo Vazquez
Paula Ely
Janet Mohle-Boetani
Marlon Echavarria
Robyn Mewshaw
Elia Verduzco
Gregor Hochmuth
Mark Forker
Caterina De Pietri
Marc Ibañez Perez
Billy Reeves
Talmon Kochheim
Felix Wittern
Giuseppe Oliverio
Denis O’Shea
Parvathi Kumar
Beth Delagi
Maria Maiz
Pourpe Gerard
Valerie Cabrera
Ana Gabriela Mexicano Rodriguez
Adriana L. Rojas F
Andreas Hentsch
Nestor Perkal
Martin Stoebich
Leah Schretenthaler
Alyn Kalach
Martin Buday
Hubert Hayaud
Lorenzo Porras
Ian McCausland
Sally Clark
Rob Lancefield
Ulf Schwärzler
Sara Barrett
A. Osinga
Hans Schlimbach
Lesley Martin
Michael Sobel
David O’Flynn
Hubertus Housselle
Jasper Gilijamse
Laura Klimmeck
Dimitri Mellos
Christophe Le Toquin
Hans Wilschut
Jerome Balada
Keith Parker
Mark Wainger
Cornelius Dorn
Michael Lang
Glenda M. Campos
Sandra Bozzarelli