Arts & Culture

Alejandro Cartagena at SOCO Gallery in Charlotte

SOCO Gallery Exhibit

A part of an ambitious multi-institution exhibition of contemporary Mexican photography called In Focus/Enfoque; SOCO Gallery, which rests in the heart of Meyers Park, brings to Charlotte the work of Alejandro Cartagena through both his Carpoolers and Mexicana Suburbia Series.

Alejandro Cartagena Car Poolers Photograph
Photo courtesy of Megan Dunbar AKA CLT Nomad

This exhibit is the collaborative effort of Bank of America and The Arts and Science Council of Charlotte. 

The partnership brought together eight exhibitions throughout the Queen City in galleries like SOCO, The Light Factory, The New Gallery, and all the way out to the mint museum.

Cartagena employs landscape and portraiture as a means to address multiple issues in his home base in Monterrey, Mexico. His compositions in the Carpoolers series chaotically show a serene subject matter through aerial style photography over a highway overpass.

While Carpoolers shows a unique aesthetic, Cartagena’s Mexicana Suburbia brings to the table an amazing outlook at the community in Monterrey and how it has seamlessly interacted with the beautiful natural 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.

Layout & Edits by: Angie Baquedano

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