Documenting Violence in Calderón’s Mexico
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208 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

24 b/w illus.

Series: Violence in the Hispanic and Lusophone Worlds

Series Vol. Number: 4

Imprint: Tamesis Books

Documenting Violence in Calderón’s Mexico

Visual Culture, Resistance and Memorialisation

by Jessica Wax-Edwards

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In Mexico, during the presidency of Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and as a direct result of his 'war' on drugs, at least 60,000 people were killed, tens of thousands were 'disappeared' and countless more were subjected to kidnapping and sexual violence. This book analyses how artists and filmmakers, alongside affected citizens, attempted to navigate, articulate and contend with this unparalleled escalation in brutality.

In Mexico, during the presidency of Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and as a direct result of his 'war' on drugs, at least 60,000 people were killed, tens of thousands were 'disappeared' and countless more were subjected to kidnapping and sexual violence. This book analyses how artists and filmmakers, alongside affected citizens, attempted to navigate, articulate and contend with this unparalleled escalation in brutality.


The texts studied here provide a critical visual archive of this first phase in the drug war and show how artists including Pedro Pardo, Fernando Brito, Mónica González and Natalia Almada attempted to challenge official narratives, foster emerging nodes of resistance and seek justice for citizens. Bringing together works of photography, photojournalism, documentary and short fiction cinema, the book argues for the vital role of cultural production in documenting institutional corruption, human rights abuses and narco-related violence in Mexican society and providing a space to grieve and remember the victims.

As Mexico's socio-political landscape continues to deteriorate, the book shows how its visual cultural legacy provides a means of understanding and responding to the violence.
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
1. Socio-Historical Contexts
2. 2006 Presidential Elections
3. Portraits and Landscapes: Documenting the Drug War Dead
4. Responses to Violence - El Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad
5. Living the Drug War

Conclusion
Index

JESSICA WAX-EDWARDS is an Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

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Title Details

208 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

24 b/w illus.

Series: Violence in the Hispanic and Lusophone Worlds

Series Vol. Number: 4

Imprint: Tamesis Books