Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Christian Poveda: La Vida Loca

Christian Poveda: La Vida Loca (40 black & white photographs) at Zone Zero. "...In San Salvador, two gangs, The Mara Salvatrucha and the Mara 18, have been confronting each other for years on a war without end.
Over 14,000, long forgotten, young men express their rebelliousness through tattooing their bodies and swearing complete devotion to their clan, a group that substitues family.
Sons of violence; they are the heirs of the gangs that first originated in the US during the 80's and were conformed by immigrant SalvadoreƱos who had fled the civil war.
Born in the Los Angeles ghetto, the legend of the Maras gains strength in Central America with the return of the refugees and illegal deported aliens."


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