Artist Mikel Aristregi set out to document the dark underworld of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, often referred to as the coldest capital city in the world. Temperatures can dip as low as -40ºF.
If you look underneath the city streets, you will find a whole network of pipes, offering warmth underground. Scores of homeless have found shelter here, however, a sweeping majority of them are alcoholics.
The homeless became the subject of Aristregi’s newest project, -40/96º. The photo series shows many adults clearly in distress, intoxicated and desperate for alcohol. Some of them do end up in rehabs, however, the whole system is flawed. They are held for 6-24 months against their will and then released back into society where they pick up their habits right where they left off.