Dominic Bracco II-The War Nextdoor, Narco-Violence & US Mexico Border
(Arts & Culture - UT Arlington and Community)
The fall 2011 exhibit in the Central Library sixth floor parlor is "Life and Death in the Northern Pass." This exhibit is the anchor of a fall lecture series called "The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S. Mexico Border."
Dominic Bracco II, a distinguished photojournalist and 2008 graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington, has documented the horrors of Mexico's drug war through evocative images of violence and its aftermath, of grieving families and tender scenes of day-to-day urban life. His photos are the heart of a new exhibit, "Life and Death in The Northern Pass," which opens Aug. 15 and runs through Jan. 14, 2012 in the UT Arlington Central Library's Sixth Floor Parlor, 702 Planetarium Place.
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is arguably the most violent city in the world. Historically known as El Paso del Norte or The Northern Pass, the city of 1.5 million saw more than 3,000 murders in 2010 - more than were killed in the entire country of Afghanistan during that same year, according to the U.S. and Mexican government. Most victims were innocent bystanders gunned down by ruthless drug cartels. Some of the attacks were carried out on city buses as factory workers headed home after a long day on the job. Other attacks targeted lovebirds on a date and birthday celebrations.
Chris Conway, coordinator of the exhibit and an associate professor of modern languages, called Bracco's work astonishingly brave and illuminating photojournalism. For more information about this exhibit, contact Conway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Dominic is reporting from the front lines of a devastating war that is occurring at our very doorstep, and his work can help us understand its impact on Mexico and the United States," said Conway, who was one of Bracco's professors. "His photography attests to a phenomenal ability to gain the trust of his subjects, regardless of whether they are gang members, children, or the grieving parents of a murder victim."
The exhibit will run from August 15, 2011 to January 14, 2012 and is part of a series of fall events focused on "The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S. Mexico Border." The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public. "The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S. Mexico Border" is presented by the UT Arlington Library, Graduate School, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Modern Languages, Center for Southwestern Studies, Department of Communication, The Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies, Department of Theater Arts, Department of Art and Art History, The Dallas Morning News Photography Department, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Washington, D.C.) and Carbon4 (Mexico City).