Acapulco, in the Guerrero province of Mexico was far from the coastal city enjoyed by American jet-setters in the 50s and 60s.
However, it was still a holiday destination of choice for many a few years ago. In proportion to the number of inhabitants, Acapulco is considered today as the most dangerous city in the country. 1.300 murders have been committed there over the past year. Five to six murders are committed each day.
Some forty gangs are fighting to take over control of the racketing and the barrios, the neighborhoods. The army and the police can barely contain the situation and an important numbers of neighborhoods are just off limit to them.
The photographs were taken by Bernandino Hernandez, an orphan, who arrived at Acapulco at the age of 3.
They shine a light on this war that dares not speak its name.
His work falls within the Mexican tradition of the Nota Roja, a literary journalistic genre highly popular at the beginning of the century whose origin is linked to the Mexican inquisition. Hernandez has documented both the transformation of his city and his own condition without ever being exposed or recognized.
The completion and singularity of his work over the last few years have yet to find a match.
Tapisserie de Bayeux Chapelle
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Curator : Laurent Van der Stockt
Crédit photo : © Bernandino Hernandez
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