Daniel Benítez


Carne de cañón: stories of Narcoworkers

Fabrica presents “Carne de cañón: stories of Narcoworkers”, an exhibition and a lecture on February 22nd by Daniel Benítez, a Mexican illustrator working at Fabrica since 2016.

Mainstream media and entertainment have turned Narcoculture into a spectacle, normalizing violence as part of the stereotypical view of Mexico. As a response to the lack of reality depicted on screen and online, Daniel Benítez’s illustrations explain the Narcophemenon from the perspective of those at the bottom tier.

This exhibition presents select images from two projects created from the same research. Personal stories, journals, underground news sources, Narco blogs influenced the narratives that unfold in Benítez’s highly detailed graphics. Every color, line, and word has meaning. The typeface is even specifically inspired by the narcomanta, white sheets with handwritten messages used by cartels to communicate between one another or the community. Benítez fuses fact and fiction, creating layered snapshots of the many narratives that feed into the larger narco system. Although gold, power and violence play a crucial part in the illustrations, each character’s story brings awareness to causes of the problem beyond drugs and dealing itself.

Lecture in English, open to the public
After the lecture, opening of the exhibition “Carne de cañón: stories of Narcoworkers”
22 February, 6:30pm
Fabrica Auditorium
Via Postioma, 54/F
Catena di Villorba, Tv


Daniel Benítez (b. 1990) is an illustrator, graphic designer and self-publisher from Mexico City. He is the co-founder of WorstSeller Ediciones. Through graphic novels and comics, his work explores society and its narratives, especially relating to violence in Mexico. He is currently based in Treviso, Italy, working as illustrator for Fabrica since 2016.