Alejandro Cartagena [b. 1977, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic] lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues. Cartagena’s work has been exhibited internationally in more than 50 group and individual exhibitions. His series, Carpoolers, documented pickup trucks driving along the highway that connects Nuevo Laredo. Mexico to Laredo, TX. From a highway overpass, Cartagena photographed men and children sleeping or crammed together in the back of open-aired flatbed trucks, revealing the length to which laborers go to make a living, despite it being Illegal and dangerous.
Malcolm Daniel is the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, joined The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in December 2013 after 23 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, including nine years heading its Department of Photographs. A specialist in 19th-century French and British photography, he has curated or co-curated exhibitions focused on key figures in the history of photography including the medium’s early masters Edouard Baldus, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Roger Fenton. Although his scholarship has concentrated on the first 75 years of the medium, at the MFAH Daniel oversees acquisitions and exhibitions spanning the full history of photography from its birth to the present day.
Alejandro Cartagena & Malcolm Daniel
"I work so you don't have to"
A discussion about migrant workers, and the risks they take to earn a living.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 am CT