Teun Voeten Declares War in Mexico
The photo book, Narco Estado: Drug Violence in Mexico
takes a thorough look at the drug violence in Mexico. Voeten in his thoughtful essay that accompanies his photos, clearly and logically makes a case that the drug violence in Mexico has passed a threshold and become a war. Coming from Voeten this is not a casual statement. For the past two decades he has been covering wars and conflicts around the world. [...]
According to Voeten, "Nothing compares to the recent drug violence in Mexico."
- Harris Silver, The Huffington Post. The drug violence in Mexico, writes Voeten, is the most horrific he has ever seen. And coming from him, that means something. Voeten stayed a long time in hotspots such as Juarez and registered what that entails; bodies, many bodies on the streets, empty bars in a eerily deserted city center, fearful spectators at crime sites, the army hunting down drug labs, mourning relatives of victims, unemployed, drifting mariachi's, junkies in ruins On the last page of this chilling document are screenshots of the gory videos the cartels post on Youtube. Don't Look.- Vrij NederlandNarco Estado' is one of the first and best photo books to capture the trauma and tragedy of the [...] violence in Mexico, Moving beyond the morbid body count and superficial portrayals, Voeten puts a quotidian, human face on the 'drug war. His photographs depict violence and all its dimensions: the tearful mourners, streets littered with corpses of civilians, soldiers and policemen, and the desperation in people's faces.Voeten's images display a fine eye for detail and nuance. Above all, they illustrate the humanity of the thousands of victims of narco-violence. - El Paso Times
About the Author
Teun Voeten studied Cultural Anthropology in the Netherlands. He covered the conflicts in Ex-Yugoslavia, Colombia, Rwanda, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, Honduras, DR Congo and Libya for magazine such as Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The New Yorker and National Geographic. He also works for the International Red Cross, Human Rights Watch and the UNHCR. He wrote two books: 'Tunnel People', an anthropological-journalistic account of 5 months living with an underground homeless community in New York and 'How de Body? Hope and Horror in Sierra Leone', describing Voeten's trip to this country that nearly ended in disaster when he was hunted down by rebels. In 2011 Voeten organized a photo-exhibition, "10 years after 9/11" as a guest curator for 'GEMAK, a dependance from the Den Haag Fotomuseum. From 2009 till 2012 Voeten covered the drug violence in Mexico resulting in his latest book 'Narco Estado. Drug Violence in Mexico.' Teun Voeten is a regular lecturer at cultural and educational institutions world wide, such as NYU, New School of Social Research, Cambridge University, RUL and UTEP.