THE MUNICIPAL PALACE

  • Dates
    2013 - 2018
  • Author
  • Topics Contemporary Issues, Documentary, Portrait

With this project, I seek to record the ethnographic traces of this system in its first line: The Municipal Palace, a replica of this government instance in the country.

In the 1930s, a system of government began to take shape in Mexico that continues to this day. It is characterized by a sharp presidentialism, a patronage culture marked by administrative inefficiency, and social control that is not exempt from demagogic concessions to working classes. This system has been perpetuated by government corruption.

Preamble for the Palacio Municipal series, Petatlán has a history of assassinations of social activists and former presidents linked to drug trafficking. The Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) has governed this municipality except for two periods at the beginning of 2000. Petatlán belongs to Guerrero state, a territory full of conflicts, inequalities, and lags where power and corruption seem to dissolve due to domesticity and complicity of social relationships. Influence and corruption are naturalized in the government exercise.

With this project, I seek to record the ethnographic traces of this system in its first line: The Municipal Palace, a replica of this government instance in the country. Symbolically, these traces represent the assimilation of a historical power that reproduces itself, like gear, through its own normalization.

© Melba Arellano - Presidential Inauguration Ceremony I
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Presidential Inauguration Ceremony I

© Melba Arellano - The Mural
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The Mural

© Melba Arellano - The First Lady and her favorite Companion Ladies
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The First Lady and her favorite Companion Ladies

© Melba Arellano - The Basement
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The Basement

© Melba Arellano - The Senior Secretary's Office
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The Senior Secretary's Office

© Melba Arellano - The Municipal Inspector
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The Municipal Inspector

© Melba Arellano - The Civil Protection and Natural Disasters office
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The Civil Protection and Natural Disasters office

© Melba Arellano - The Hostess
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The Hostess

© Melba Arellano - The Public Health Director
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The Public Health Director

© Melba Arellano - The Aldermen's Assistants
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The Aldermen's Assistants

© Melba Arellano - The Support Award Ceremony I
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The Support Award Ceremony I

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THE MUNICIPAL PALACE by Melba Arellano

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