- PhMuseum 2021 Photography Grant
The chupacabras who takes the sins away
Dates2021 - Ongoing
“At dawn on February 5, 1996, the Chupacabras visited the town of Amacueca Jalisco. This is the first reported case of the Bloodsucker so far in 1996. Its victims, 16 sheep." - Newscast TV Azteca 1996
From 1994 to 1996, Mexico goes through a period of many changes; the free trade agreement between Canada, the United States, and Mexico, the Zapatista uprising, the assassination of the PRI candidate for the presidency, Luis Donaldo Colosio, and an unprecedented economic crisis of ambiguous responsibility between former president Carlos Salinas and the incumbent president Ernesto Zedillo. During the same period, on highly rated television channels such as Televisa and in large-circulation newspapers such as La Prensa and Excelsior, a mythical, fantastic, and surreal being was revived for several weeks: the Chupacabra (legendary cryptid that attacks animals in rural areas. Its name comes from the hematophagous habits of the creature who sucks all the blood of its victims).
This project seeks to fictionalize, based on the police investigation that was carried out to find the Chupacabra in May 1996, the myth of the Chupacabra and the conspiracy theory that it was one of the many smokescreens used by the Mexican government to distract the attention of the people during a stage of social, political and economic crisis.
Through this phenomenon, the unnameable could be embodied, the invisible could be made visible, such as the infantilization of the Mexican people and the corruption and violence of the country.