This train was painted in the “Museo del Ferroviario” in Oaxaca. It’s an old train station abandoned 10 years ago. The people that worked in the train station built their houses and have grown a big community in this area.
The painting was taken from an image of an immigrant that was assaulted when traveling on “La Bestia” (The Beast). This is the name for several cargo trains that immigrants use to cross from the south to the north of México with the intention of crossing the border to the United States. It’s possible that this same wagon from the N de M Company was part of “La Bestia”.
I was raised in Andalucia; from my house you could see Morocco. Africans, especially Moroccans, try to cross to Spain in search for a better life. Andalucia is the poorest region in Spain and its people migrate to Madrid searching to better their lives, and then Spaniards, being among the poorest of the European countries, migrate to Germany in search for something better. I believe this is part of human psyche – this desire to see the grass as always greener on the other side.
I currently reside in Miami. I complain about how frivolous and culturally poor this city shows itself. Coming to Mexico, I have empathized with the sense of community and richer quality of life here, similar to the one where I was raised, regardless of the lesser commodities or resources. The grass is just different on the other side.