Rigo Flores drawings show us the political extremes of how bodies are subject to systemic violence by both cartels and government officials alike. His images are pictures of the vanished people and the body bags that conceal the atrocities of so many lives cut short by conscription to a drug war that was not of their own making. His work humanizes an otherwise inhuman situation by making reportage about “collateral damage” back into looking at the specificity of lives lived, peoples lost, and situations gone awry. The ethics of drawings, of returning the temporal investments of drawing to what many considered to be a ’disposable’ or ‘lesser’ medium is upset by Flores choice of subject matter, which could not be more timely and important on the national and world stage.
Bio: Rigoberto Jaimes Flores was born in the country of Mexico. He received his BFA at Arizona State University and is currently working on his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design.