Juan Brenner PHmuseum Limited Edition Print
Erik is a newly released prisoner from Chimaltenango’s jail, he’s trying to get back on his feet by cleaning streets and fixing potholes on the main road. Guatemala’s jails are immensely overcrowded, overwhelmed, home to violent prison gangs. Prisoners are known to run extortion rackets, black market networks and drug sales from within jails. 90 per cent of extortions in Guatemala are linked to prisons, according to the police.This is an image from the project I’ve been working on for the past 3 years, what became my first monograph, published by RM Editorial. A series of photographs that analyze the repercussions of how this land (Guatemala) was conquered and colonized; also the inevitable scars of almost 500 years of disadvantage and unfair conditions. The Guatemalan highlands and their immense beauty are the perfect stages for my research and a series of trips searching for situations that create a personal connection with the neglected reality of our society.