Headshots of the President by Alejandro Cartagena. Box with 28 Prints. Edition of 200. Self Published 2016
In Headshots of the President, Alejandro Cartagena mimics the idea of Hollywood actors trying to secure a casting through their set of headshots. Here, the then President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, is presenting himself for the first time as the official candidate for the PRI party at the International Book Fair of Guadalajara. To say the least, his “performance” was a poor one. He tries to win over the crowd with his looks and best posses but his lack of knowledge of his favorite books surpassed any gain his acting could give. In the back of the 28 prints you can find some of Peña Nieto´s promises of how he was going to change Mexico. The poster child for the new PRI, ended up leading the country into more chaos and social unrest.
“…but “Mexico’s moment,” as many are calling it, could still disappoint. Corruption and mismanagement are endemic to Mexican politics. Some of Peña Nieto’s reforms are engendering fierce resistance. And drug trafficking, with its related crime and violence, remains a defining fact. After his interview with TIME, Peña Nieto went straight into a meeting to plan his trip the next day to Michoacán, a nearby state where vigilante groups have formed to fight drug bosses who have seized control of their towns…” TIME
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