Inside the Homes of mexican Drug Lords
Die New York Times hat einen superspannenden Artikel über die Einrichtung und Architektur – „Narquitecture“! – der verlassenen und vergammelnden Häuser verhafteter Bosse mexikanischer Drogenkartells. Falls die NYTimes-Paywall zuschlägt, hier das NYTClean-Bookmarklet.
These are the palaces of legend. In Mexican novels, and in movies, the houses of the illicitly rich and infamous are louche, luxurious affairs, with toilets made of gold, mounds of cocaine or cash lying around and furniture of thronelike proportions. In the public imagination, what might be called “narquitecture” or “narco style” is all gaudy excess — part “Real Housewives,” part “Scarface,” part conquistador.
In reality, only some of this is true. As a Mexico correspondent for The New York Times, I often spend my time trying to understand shadowed worlds, from illegal immigration to drugs, and the more I’ve tried to figure out how the country’s criminal networks work, the more I’ve wondered about the people who run them: where do they live, and what is their home life really like? […]
Altogether, the homes I toured were a mixture of stereotype and dissonance. The design and the items left behind pointed to the ridiculous and the banal, with touches that were confounding or tragic. There were obvious signs of young men making and spending too much too quickly, but there were also signs of family life, danger, boredom and a conspicuous desire to appear sophisticated.
In a country as transparent as a blackout curtain, the drug dealers’ homes ultimately provided a reality check — a rare window into the illicit and personal world of Mexico’s criminal culture.