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47,526 Homes for Mexico, from the series Two Million Homes for Mexico

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Corona, Livia, 47,526 Homes for Mexico
Photo Credit: 

MHC Digitization Center

Not On View
Corona, Livia
Mexican (1975- )
Place made: 
North and Central America; Mexico
47,526 Homes for Mexico, from the series Two Million Homes for Mexico, 2007 image capture; 2011 print
Archival chromogenic print; Edition 3/5
Sheet: 30 in x 36 1/4 in; 76.2 cm x 92.1 cm; Image: 28 in x 34 3/8 in; 71.1 cm x 87.3 cm
Purchase with the Henry Rox Memorial Fund for the Acquisition of Work by Contemporary Women Artists
MH 2011.12

In her multi-year photographic project, Two Million Homes for Mexico, Livia Corona shines a spotlight on the still-unfolding ramifications of one of the modern era’s most ambitious, expansive, and rapidly developed public housing projects. Begun in the early 2000s during the presidency of Vicente Fox Quesada, immense grids of tightly packed, 130-square-foot houses were constructed virtually overnight, sometimes at a rate of 2,500 homes a day. This urbanization project omitted fundamental amenities of community living like schools, parks, grocery stores, and public transportation. In a personal statement about this series, Corona states “through photographs, interviews, and film, I look for the gap between the promises of homeownership and its fulfillment.”

-Ellen Alvord, Weatherbie Curator of Education and Academic Programs, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Jan. 2017)