Dominic Bracco II’s photography is featured in the exhibit “Beyond War: Mexico’s Drug War” as a part of the FotoVisura Pavilion 2012 International Contemporary Photography Event in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In the exhibit, Bracco, along with photographers Eunice Adorno, Alejandro Cartegena, and Katie Orlinsky, combine their photography to demonstrate their perspective on the ongoing conflict. Each photographer goes beyond the conflict itself to examine its impact on separate communities. Adorno documents violence in heavily impacted cities across the country. Cartegena examines life in a farming community in northern Mexico pervaded by drug trafficking, and Orlinsky demonstrates the role of women in the conflict. Bracco investigates “Los Ninis” in Juarez, the vulnerable youth population named for the phrase “ni estudian, ni trabajan” who are lured away from school and work by drug cartels. There are 10 million Ninis across Mexico, but the largest concentration is in Juarez. Whitney Johnson, the Director of Photography at the New Yorker, curates the exhibit.
The images featured in the exhibit are part of Bracco’s Pulitzer Center project “Los Ninis: Mexico’s Lost Generation” by Bracco and journalist Susana Seijas. The two traveled to Mexico in 2011 to examine the reality of life as a Nini in the murder capital of the world: Juarez.
The exhibit is one of five photography exhibits at the event. The four-day event, from August 30 to September 4, features a collection of events including gallery exhibit viewings, photography portfolio consultation reviews, talks, panel discussions, and tours of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.