Urban landscape of nearly identical buildings constructed on a fixed grid and stretching to the horizon. Mountains rise up in the far distance, and colorful tarps cover a street market in the foreground.
In her multi-year photographic project, Two Million Homes for Mexico, Livia Corona shines a spotlight on the still-unfolding ramifications of one of the modern era’s most ambitious, expansive, and rapidly developed public housing projects. Begun in the early 2000s during the presidency of Vicente Fox Quesada, immense grids of tightly packed, 130-square-foot houses were constructed virtually overnight, sometimes at a rate of 2,500 homes a day. This urbanization project omitted fundamental amenities of community living like schools, parks, grocery stores, and public transportation. In a personal statement about this series, Corona states “through photographs, interviews, and film, I look for the gap between the promises of homeownership and its fulfillment.”
-Ellen Alvord, Weatherbie Curator of Education and Academic Programs, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Jan. 2017)