Mira Mexico: Louie Palu’s Conceptual Project About the War on Drugs

March 21, 2014

By Dzana Tsomondo

© Louie Palu/Zuma Press

Luis Avila Archulata, 40, is a former gang member who spent his whole life in Arizona. Archulata was jailed multiple times in the U.S. and finally deported to Mexico, where he now lives. He was recruited into gangs and first exposed to drugs in the U.S. Click on the Photo Gallery link below to see more images.

Photographer Louie Palu’s Mira Mexico, a 15 x 12-inch “conceptual newspaper” on the Mexican Drug War, forces its audience not only to confront the grisly violence of the conflict, but also to wrestle with ideas of censorship and modes of representation. “Something I like doing is blurring the lines between journalism and art,” Palu says of the project, a departure...

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