31 January 2022

The Durability of Crime

31 January 2022 - Written by PhMuseum

How does crime affect the places where it occurred? In It Could Have Happened Here, Alfonso Fonseca researches the convoluted impacts that law-breaking has on the narratives emerging in Phoenix, Arizona. 

"It Could Have Happened Here" is an ongoing project where I find crimes that have occurred in the Phoenix, Arizona area, research them, photograph the places they have occurred at, and then create a narrative with those photos along with found photos. This lets me explore time, place, narrative, and the relationship between all three while creating cathartic moments of finding and connecting information for the viewer and creating a sensation of making a personal narrative out of historic events.

At the same time, these photographs show a dark history of Phoenix involving car bombs, mafia, corruption, and unsolved murders and remind us of the histories places can hold. This whole process creates a depiction of events that forces us to question what is true and what is false and the narratives will function as signposts for invisible histories put through a diaristic method.

Words and Pictures by Alfonso Fonseca.


Alfonso Fonseca is an artist based in Phoenix, Arizona. Most of his work is based on place and past, whether in a larger historical and cultural context or in a more personal one. He works in a pseudo-photo-documentary style, collage, video, and still life to help create his narratives. Follow him on Instagram and PhMuseum.


This feature is part of Story of the Week, a selection of relevant projects from our community handpicked by the PhMuseum curators.

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