Charles Minard’s map of the Napoleonic Campaign in Russia, Carte figurative des pertes successives in
hommes de l'Armée Française dans la campagne de Russie 1812-1813, is
considered the best statistical illustration ever made.
In an apparently simple cartographic description, the French
engineer innovatively includes different fields of information and depicts the advance and retreat of one of the most disastrous
military campaign in history.
1812-2016 is a reinterpretation of Minard’s map, focused in the context of the Mexican
Drug War initiated in 2006. Based on the same kind of informational flow chart
as Minard, 1812-2016 describes the yearly increase of victims, in the order of
tens of thousands, correlating it with the retail cost of cocaine in the United
States, whose price does not register greater variation. Likewise, it records
specific events and geographic locations related chronologically.
History has objectively judged Napoleon as an arrogant statesman who threw his troops against an enemy he could not interpret and under conditions he failed to understand.
Like Minard’s Map, this reinterpretation seeks to visually
represent the Mexican Drug War as a catastrophic, ongoing and uncorrected
military campaign that has forever changed Mexico's history.
This work was exhibited at Muca Roma (2017); download publication (Spanish)
Installation view at Muca Roma, Mexico City, 2017.