Cooking Grill No. 1
Cooking Grill No.2
Glass, plate, spoon
Weapons made with the border of windows
A few days ago we watched A Man Escaped, by Robert Bresson: a film–based on a true story– that recounts a man’s escape from prison by turning ordinary and seemingly innocent objects into his means to freedom: that turning something into something else.
As the movie ended, I remembered an incredible project by ToÃ±o Vega Macotela, wonderful Mexican artist. I also remembered the day I accompanied him to one of Mexico City’s largest prisons, to help him take the pictures you see above. Ah. SÃ. That turning something into something else. Not for escape: but for life inside jail. These objects you see in the images above where constructed (illegally of course) by the prisoners.
After the break you can read an interview that I did with ToÃ±o for Vice Magazine. where you will find a fuller description of his incredible project.