everyday superheroes


Dulce Pinzon

In the vein of projects that are overtly humorous with an undercurrent of something darker, in Superheroes, Latino immigrants dressed in superhero costumes go about their work. Batman opens doors, Spider-man washes high rise windows, Superman delivers pizza. Sometimes their profession matches their super power to hilarious effect, but sometimes the sight of grown adults dressed in cheaply made costumes performing manual labor induces melancholy.

Pinzon, however, has positive intentions:

The Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of the hero who has gone unnoticed. It is common for a Mexican worker in New York to work extraordinary hours in extreme conditions for very low wages which are saved at great cost and sacrifice and sent to families and communities in Mexico who rely on them to survive.

This statement colored my impression of the images when I saw them for the first time, but when I came back to them for this post, the desperation of some of the immigrants’ situations made their way into the photos. The low wage labor these men and women perform underline the reality that, after all, they do not have super powers. The cheerful but ill-fitting costumes lack the perfection of fantasy, and despite my belief that these are necessary jobs taken by hardworking people, I cannot avoid the perverse fact that it is not Superman, but a man in a baggy Superman outfit.

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~ by Jin on December 31, 2008.

One Response to “everyday superheroes”

  1. Funny

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