Mexico City, 22 million inhabitants: 450 deaths per day. Crimes, accidents, cancer, respiratory diseases induced by pollution, causes deemed “natural”. In the impoverished neighborhoods of Colonia Doctores, a few blocks from the General Hospital of Mexico City, florists and funeral casket merchants mingle with dealers and used car salesmen. For a weekly wage of approximately 50 euros, embalmers prepare bodies for their final journey at a rate of about forty minutes per corpse. Some families, accompanied by villagers and musicians, walk the coffin towards the cemetery stopping at every place of worship along the way. The less fortunate embark on a government bus that will take them to the burial grounds. There, gravediggers bury the dead before reaching out in hopes of a handout that will pay for their services. The number of graves is incalculable, revealing the inability of the administration to keep pace.
Sébastien Van Malleghem
A graduate from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts “Le 75”, Sébastien Van Malleghem is developing a triptych dedicated to the judicial system. Police (2008-2011) and Prisons (2011-2014) are the first two segments. Winner of the 2015 Lucas Dolega Price & the Bozar Monography Award, he is committed to defending freedom of expression, being involved in the field and taking an assertive stance. His book ”Prisons” features on TIME’S best photographic work of 2015 list.