Editorial RM, 2016
Softbound, 17 x 24 cm
339 pages + 16, black and white photographs
Text: English and Spanish
Available upon request
In 2014 Cristina De Middel came across the photographic archive of Alerta magazine. From these images, she created a sequence of 200 comic-like reproductions.
Then, armed with sardonic humor, she added the dialogues, far different from the captions that previously commented on the images. Phrases immediately recognizable by any Mexican, because extrapolated from popular culture, from ranchera songs, from corridors, from boleros that constituted the classical repertoire of 20th century music production.
The result is ambivalent, but extremely consistent with popular Mexican culture, accustomed to death, violence, but cheerful and dedicated to a slow and fatalistic life.
The combination created by De Middel, who does not hide violence but emphasizes it with cynical irony, questions what is the limit of licit and acceptable in a complex country like Mexico.