A part of an ambitious multi-institution exhibition of contemporary Mexican photography called In Focus/Enfoque; SOCO Gallery, resting in the heart of Meyers Park, brings to Charlotte the work of Alejandro Cartagena through both his Carpoolers and Mexicana Suburbia series.
The collaborative efforts were brought to light through planning and funding by Bank of America with the supporting assistance from The Arts and Science Council of Charlotte.
The efforts brought together eight exhibitions throughout the Queen City by galleries like SOCO, The Light Factory, The New Gallery, and ranging all the way to The Mint Museum.
Cartagena employs landscape and portraiture as a means to address multiple issues through his home base in Monterrey, Mexico. His compositions in the Carpoolers series chaotically show a serene subject matter through photographing aerial style over a highway overpass.
While Carpoolers shows a unique aesthetic, Cartagena’s Mexicana Suburbia similarly brings to the table an amazing outlook at the community in Monterrey and how the community has made interaction with the natural, beautiful, landscape of the area. With the help of SOCO Gallery’s director, Monica Friel, below are the few pieces that I fell in love with from Cartagena’s work.
These are from his Mexicana Suburbia series.