Flesh and Concrete
- Apr. 23, 2012
submitted by: Jaya Klara Brekke and Julio Salazar
This winning submission for Franchise Program 2012
will be presented in Mexico City, Mexico, April 19 - May 17, 2012.
Learn more about apexart's Franchise Program.
Featuring work by:
Diana Quintero, Francisco Ugarte, David Cruz, Erick Diego, Daniel Monroy, Ale de la Puente
Large infrastructure projects embody visions of an urban future. They literally shape cities in the most extreme ways: visually, socially, financially and politically. Through the destruction necessary for their completion comes a change to city life that (re)enforces certain lifestyles while making others redundant or impossible. But these structures also contain within them shadows of their own demise. The multiple contemporary environmental and economic crises inspire apocalyptic images, but also imaginations of new ways of living and their equivalent spatial organization. As more and more people move to cities, the priorities made and stories told about the future of urban life become increasingly important and complex.
The Supervia Sur-Poniente highway project in Mexico City is an extension of the city's already large -- but often congested -- network of roads and highways. It is a highly contested infrastructure project that will connect some of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods in the southwest with the PerifÃƒÂ©rico ring-road, crossing two protected natural areas, and will implicate the demolishing of several areas in low-income neighborhoods. Neighborhood-based protests and campaign groups have formed to resist the construction project, which nevertheless is moving forward to completion.
The proposed exhibition will take place in an unused building overlooking the construction site of the Supervia where it meets the PerifÃƒÂ©rico Norponiente. The exhibition will last for one month, opening in April 2012. Starting from an embodied experience of the city and the highway, it will explore the diverse imagined futures of the city, from the groups and movements that have sprung up in resistance to the road, to the visions of modernity, development, and progress that the road itself claims to represent. A series of ongoing interviews with residents in the area as well as photographic documentation will form the material basis, along with the architecture itself, from which the artists will work. The aim is to unpack the contradictions inherent in the visually impressive but socially destructive process of infrastructure development.
The invited artists are: Diana Quintero, Francisco Ugarte, David Cruz, Erick Diego, Daniel Monroy and Ale de la Puente. They have been given the challenge of producing site-specific works that engage with a bodily experience as well as the social, political, and economic representation of this infrastructure project highlighting questions of urban development, power, and visualisation. They all share an understanding of architecture, but otherwise span disciplines from video to sculpture and performance.