"I openly engage a critically dense examination of the complicated balance existing between economically driven states, and the yearning of a society for a fairer world in which to live." - Alejandro Cartagena
"Car Poolers" is part of a larger body of work entitled Suburbia "Mexicana" which considers the interdependence of humans and landscape in the face of urban expansion. Although artists and activists alike have focused on the negative impact of urban sprawl since the 1960s, Cartagena's work is unique in its preoccupation with the largely overlooked, irrevocable effects of suburban expansion within a local ecosystem.
This particular project was shot for a year on Monterrey's Highway 85 going southbound to San Pedro Garza Garcia, one of the richest cities in Latin America. Shot from an overpass, Cartagena's photos portray the resilience of humanity and also an intimate look at men trying to survive.