Lenticular prints and Lambda prints. Variable dimensions and suports.
Gated communities (“Country” or “Barrio Cerrado” in Spanisch) : fortresses for the upper middle class, surrounded by walls or electrified fences and controlled by armed guards. Favelas: unofficial neighborhoods, often temporary housing that pops up along a city’s borders. There are no walls that keep people from entering here; the only barrier is one’s fear of not getting out alive.
Gated communities represent a ghetto that is self-imposed by inhabitants to preserve their privacy; it is about living in a supposedly safe environment and, in turn, about inhabitants subjecting themselves to the rules of common living. The desire for physical and social distance, imposed on the territory by fences and security guards, reappears on the geographical map in their desire to not be represented. It is the exact opposite of the favelas, whose very existence is questioned by the lack of representation: the gated communities suffer a violent disappearance. The lack of representation of gated communities on the maps is, then, a symptom (a political one as well) of encouraging and maintaining social distances: the rich do not want to appear in order to maintain their privacy and safety while the poor are written off the map.
On the tourist maps I have scanned, these two types of urbanizations are simply flat backgrounds in color. In Buenos Aires, the oldest favela is 70 years old but its spot on the map is represented only by a white rectangle. The gated communities are generally represented sometimes only appear the name: there is no mention of streets or symbols of any kind.
I have represented this binary process of cancellation through the duplicity of lenticular photo prints too. These prints have two intermittent visible layers, depending on the point of view of the person looking at them. It is an invitation to the audience to become unbalanced, to use their eyes to travel across the cartographic representation from the perspective of a tightrope walker. Images accompanied by phrases that bring up the normal precursors of perception.