I posted not too long ago about glittery and unsettling Santa Fe, "Mexico's Dubai." Well, on the outskirts, the "original Santa Fe" persists, the people and culture that was born around what was once a massive trash dump.
On Sunday I journeyed deep into these areas identified as slums with a native resident, an original Mexico City punk. As such, he is also a displaced subject, as many of these neighborhoods were razed to make way for the city's new business district. From my current batch of work:
For four years the families of Santa Fe battled the government, "at war," as the survivors still say, over their land. For much of that time, they lived sit-in-style in front of government buildings, and otherwise wandered the urban geography as refugees, utterly homeless.
It is a forgotten history, of a forgotten people, my friend explained.
* More later. Meantime, check out this punk chronicle at NAM.