Photographer and Audiovisual Communicator Eric Allende González is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From the project ‘Split Land. To see Eric’s body of work, click on any image.
Tierra Partida reflects the social inequality in common environments of the Papaloapan basin, specifically Tlacotalpan, in the Mexican state of Veracruz.
Tlacotalpan was included by UNESCO in its World Heritage Registry on December 2, 1998, in the category of Historic City. It’s great colonial houses with vast lands are painted in visibly powerful colors, where wealthy artists, politicians and businessmen merge in the same streets with peasants, fishermen and workers dedicated to sugar cane cultivation.
No more than 500 meters from the center of Tlacotalpan, separate the big houses with glamorous facades from the houses in which there is nothing left and much is missing, where not every day there is bread and the walls are nothing more than simple fabrics that separate one space from another.
The river port city of Tlacotalpan was founded by the Spaniards in the middle of the 16th century. It has admirably preserved its urban fabric with wide streets, houses with colonnades of a great diversity of styles and numerous trees of venerable age that adorn public spaces and private gardens. Against the current of the river there are palafittes made with wood, roofs of sheet and pieces of plastic that under their entrails rest the boats that will be arranged, according to the case, to cross the river or to avoid the flood that they suffer every year.
All images and text© Eric Allende González
By Eric Allende González
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