A Small Make Believe Neighborhood by Alejandro Cartagena. Published by Visual Studies Workshop Press, 2016
In A Small Make Believe Neighborhood Alejandro Cartagena shows us his experience in how he has spent a lot of time in photographic archives. He is a master of locating great images that he sequences in books for poetic and insightful juxtapositions. VSW invited Alejandro to be our 2017 Rick McKee Hock Artist-in-Residence. We wanted to support his work and we were curious what he, as a Mexican artist, thought of throngs of people in the USA voting for the idea of building a border wall between our countries. His generous and pointed response, A Small Make Believe Neighborhood, is a multi-generational story with a child’s sense of wonder and acceptance of all kinds of people and ideas. It makes a direct invitation to the reader to join in the colorful, playful, endlessly diverse neighborhood of the world.
Other books from VSW press include: Move On With Your Sad Empty Childless Life by Nur Balkir, Do You Know This Tree? by Roberley Bell, We Have Never Been Earth by Andrea Průchová Hrůzová and Tomáš Hrůza
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A Small Make Believe Neighborhood by Alejandro Cartagena