Santa Barbara Shame on US / Signed copies

$50.00

Santa Barbara Shame on US / Signed copies

$50.00

First edition published by Skinnerboox of 450 published + 50 Special editions with 2 signed and numbered C-prints
Book concept by Alejandro Cartagena
Design by Milo Montelli and Alejandro Cartagena
Cover design and lettering by Valentina Casali
Edited by Cristina Kennington, Fernando Gallegos and Alejandro Cartagena
Introduction by Jonathan Blaustein
Prepress by Salvatore Santoro
Printed in Italy
Distribution in Europe by Skinnerboox
Distribution in USA and Americas by Donkey Distribution Mexico
ISBN 978-88-94895-05-6

© Alejandro Cartagena for the images
© Jonathan Blaustein for the introduction
© Authors for archive images
© Skinnerboox for this edition 2017

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When Alejandro saw Santa Barbara’s red tile roofs and stately State Street, the big houses with sea views, he wasn’t fooled. The wealth here is built on quicksand, the pictures in this book are saying, and we better watch out.I’m also drawn to the historical paintings. Given his residency, I’m sure they come from the museum’s collection. But he didn’t shoot the pretty sunset paintings. Rather, we
see two executions, recording the very moment before a head was chopped from its body. (Foreshadowing the death of Democracy?)
Cheerleaders and beach boys get brief mention, but make no mistake. This is a disquieting group of pictures.
It’s not for me to say, whether the first part anticipated the rise of Trump. Certainly, it came out before the election. Ultimately, that’s what art like this does. It screams loudly, “Hey, you fools, look at this. Your world is a tinderbox, and if you don’t get wise quick, it will all burn to ashes.”
In a flash. Jonathan Blaustein