LA PLAYA DE LOS JUGUETES PERDIDOS
ALFREDO BLASQUEZ

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ABSENTIA

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THE EYE OF THE GLACIER

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YOU ARE
DIEGO MORENO

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Toys are part of the history of mankind, for centuries they were made with natural materials such as wood, seeds, clay, bones or stones. The incorporation of plastic transformed its production in such a way that it´s currently used industrially in more than 90% of toys.

Being plastic an indestructible material, all these toys, after a short period of useful life, continue to exist and end up in the environment like many of our waste. They fragment and transform, frequently reaching the oceans, where they navigate through marine currents to be washed up on various beaches around the world. 

Between 2013 and 2018, I carried out a work on the recovery and recycling of marine litter on beaches in Mexico, located in front of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Amid thousands of rubbish and colorful pieces of plastic, the toys caught my eye because they looked like archaeological objects. Thus, I began to collect and photograph each one of them. By sharing them with my son Miguel, who was three years old at the time, he transmitted his enormous emotion to me, giving birth to the idea of saving as many of them as possible to give them new life.
Through images and texts Diego Moreno narrates the complexity of his family history, one that is marked by disturbing cycles of domestic violence, machismo and attachment to the Catholic religion. This photobook, in the form of a family album, allows the author to construct a present to find his place in the world and reflect more deeply on the fragility and complexity of the human condition, and the hostile time in which we live. 

Huésped has been developed over six years, during which Diego has explored his own identity through an intense process of immersion in photography as a means of connecting with his family universe, creating and recreating scenes that allow us to enter into this complex fabric of relationships, while they are transformed into the same photographic act. Since the times of the Spanish Conquest, 

Chiapas has been a state of Mexico where diverse cultures coexist, where cultural and social contrasts are in constant tension. Mexico's border with Latin America, passage of undocumented immigrants, scene of the Zapatista struggle, place inhabited by indigenous peoples who keep alive the pre-Hispanic customs, the so-called "coletos" descendants of the Spanish, mestizos and foreigners, build an extremely complex social mosaic. 

ALFREDO BLASQUEZ


Communicologist and photographer based in Mexico City. His professional work has been related to environmental issues, education and tourism. He has been editor and photographer of books, reports and publications on sustainability for companies and civil society organisations. As a photographer he has participated in 6 different solo exhibitions and 7 group exhibitions in Mexico and the United States. His book Playa Cero was selected as a finalist in the Book Dummy Award organised by La Fábrica and Photo London. In 2014 and 2015 he was selected winner by AI - AP Latin American Photography 3 and 4. He is currently an associate of Fundación Heel, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the recovery of plastics through campaigns and programmes benefiting coastal communities in Guerrero and Quintana Roo in Mexico. He is Director of Communications at the agency República de Todos, dedicated to providing consulting and communication services on sustainability issues.  





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Size: 22.5 x 17.5 x 2 cm 
Number of pages: 132 
Offset Printing 
Print run 1000
Language: English and Spanish
Special Finishes: Poster 90 x 60 cm - 75 gsm Cappuccino Bond Paper folded in 4 parts Printed cardboard box with front silk-screen printing: 26.5x20.5 cm


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