Art of Captivity / Arte del Cautiverio

By Kevin Lewis O’Neill and Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela

© 2020

Through a series of rich photographs, Art of Captivity / Arte del Cautiverio tells a compelling story about the war on drugs in Central America. The book focuses on the country of Guatemala, now the principle point of transit for the cocaine that is produced in the Andes and bound for the United States and Canada. Alongside a spike in the use of crack cocaine, Guatemala City has witnessed the proliferation of Pentecostal drug rehabilitation centers. The centers are sites of abuse and torment, but also lifesaving institutions in a country that does not provide any other viable social service to those struggling with drug dependency.

Art of Captivity / Arte del Cautiverio explores these centers as architectural forms, while also showcasing the cultural production that takes place inside them, including drawings and letters created by those held captive. This stunning work of visual ethnography humanizes those held inside these centers, breaks down stereotypes about drug use, and sets the conditions for a hemispheric conversation about prohibitionist practices – by revealing intimate portraits of a population held hostage by a war on drugs.

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  • Page Count: 168 pages
  • Illustrations: 66
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
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This bilingual photography book investigates the complexities of today’s war on drugs by examining the art and architecture of Guatemala City’s Pentecostal drug rehabilitation centers.

Art of Captivity / Arte del Cautiverio

By Kevin Lewis O’Neill and Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela

© 2020

Through a series of rich photographs, Art of Captivity / Arte del Cautiverio tells a compelling story about the war on drugs in Central America. The book focuses on the country of Guatemala, now the principle point of transit for the cocaine that is produced in the Andes and bound for the United States and Canada. Alongside a spike in the use of crack cocaine, Guatemala City has witnessed the proliferation of Pentecostal drug rehabilitation centers. The centers are sites of abuse and torment, but also lifesaving institutions in a country that does not provide any other viable social service to those struggling with drug dependency.

Art of Captivity / Arte del Cautiverio explores these centers as architectural forms, while also showcasing the cultural production that takes place inside them, including drawings and letters created by those held captive. This stunning work of visual ethnography humanizes those held inside these centers, breaks down stereotypes about drug use, and sets the conditions for a hemispheric conversation about prohibitionist practices – by revealing intimate portraits of a population held hostage by a war on drugs.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 168 pages
  • Illustrations: 66
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Kevin Lewis O’Neill is a professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto.


    Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela is a Mansueto Institute Fellow and Sociology Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction / Introducción
    1.Façade / Fachada
    2.Captivity / Cautiverio
    3.Freedom / Libertad
    4. Art / Arte
    Conclusion / Conclusión
    Methodology / Metodología
    Works Consulted / Trabajos consultados

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