EL PARTENÓN DE DURAZO

Drawing series, 2013

This work is part of The Durazo Series.

In the late 1970s Mexico City’s police chief, Arturo Durazo, nicknamed ‘El Negro’, came to symbolize the omnipresent corruption of Mexico’s political system. Durazo used the police force as his own hit squad, narcotics trafficking ring, and grand extortion scheme. In the early 80s he fled the country when his friend and protector, Mexico’s president Lopez Portillo, finished his 6 year presidential term.

The new Mexican president issued an international arrest warrant for the fugitive Durazo. The government also confiscated El Partenón de Durazo, a vacation home overlooking a bay near the resort town of Acapulco, Durazo’s collections of arms, antique cars, million dollar savings accounts, and a massive mansion in Mexico City that included a replica of the infamous New York club, Studio 54, and private horse racing facilities.

Durazo was finally captured by my father in Puerto Rico in 1984 and then extradited to Mexico.

Today El Partenón is a landscape muteness; it is still owned by the government but has fallen into ruin after 30 years of neglect.

 

El Partenón de Durazo, 2013, ball point pen on handmade paper, 74 x 53 cm.