Through a set of images taken by Oswaldo Ruiz between 2019 and 2020 in the Monterrey metropolitan area, we seek to investigate the production of landscapes of death. These landscapes often accompany the range of extractive economies that are dedicated to the exploitation of the stone materials in Monterrey’s mountainsides, in a city which has historically been configured to become the industrial capital of Mexico.
We propose the term necrolandscape to critically allude to the geological extractive processes that irreparably damage the natural landscape and its lifeforms, causing a death cycle in which nature and territory are reduced to low-cost goods at the service of the interests of big capital. These interests ensure that the same space from which the stone material was extracted is occupied with public and private infrastructure, as seen in the images below. This leads to a deprived landscape of exclusion.
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