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Source Matters

Thinking about Origin

Arellano - Guzman - Cardenas, 2009

Leather sourced from Baja Mexico was used to produce portraits of drug cartel bosses from the same region. The use of traditional technique and material native to the region talks         about the complex relationship these men and their organizations have with the communities they control.

The images were sourced from DEA wanted posters and laser engraved onto the surface of the leather. The leather is then hand chased using traditional methods to create pattern and relief.

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