The Jasper de Beijer Marabunta exhibition details the violent and tumultuous nature of the Mexican drug trade in vivid color and an eye-catching use of texture.
On display at the Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York City, the pieces were inspired by the four-month stint that the Dutch artist spent embedded in Mexico. He studied the media portrayal of the situation as well as the stories told to him by the residents of the city to create a pictorial representation of the life people lead in amongst the crime.
Each photo appears at first glance to be taken for a newspaper, with its hyper-real focus. But upon closer inspection, one can see clay figures and body outlines made from flowers, which blur the lines between reality and narrative.
The series is aimed to document both the victims and the offenders with equal respect to show both sides of the story without judgement.
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